It was hard to get a decent photo of the entire table. Here is some of the detail. I placed a red placemat for contrast.
My grandmother crocheted this circa 1910. It was part of a trousseau she started to make for my mother's oldest sister, who was born in 1908. This was a very common practice then. Any items such as sheets, towels, pillowcases, napkins, etc. were made in sets of twelve or more. This piece was kept in a wooden trunk that my mother referred to as the 'cedar chest'. My aunt lived with us and kept this in her bedroom. When we were packing up my mother's house, years after my aunt went to be with Lord, I opened the trunk for the first time to see what was inside.
I don't know if the cotton thread used was originally white or cream, but it has been this color for as long as I can remember. The method used is filet crochet, using very thin cotton thread and a very fine hook. My camera and skill made it difficult to get good photos. The photos above were taken before I washed it in a product called Restoration. I was introduced to it by Susan, of the lovely blog My Place to Yours. You can get all the details there.
Here are photos after a nice, long (7 hours) soak in Restoration. The biggest change I noticed, which you can't really see in the photos, is that the 'shine' is gone. It is also lighter in color. I was not happy with the shine. It also has a fresh, not a perfume scent.
The chubby baby in the middle was my aunt. My mother came along, as an unplanned surprise, fifteen years later.
Here is another "vintage thingie" - this decanter is 107 years old. It was a wedding present my grandparents received in 1904.
I tried to get a photo of some of the handpainted detail. There are no markings. I had an antiques dealer appraise it but he said it was inexpensive.
I feel a tablescaping adventure coming on. I think I will wait and do something as a tribute to both my parents and grandparents when it is their wedding anniversary time in September.
I will be joining the Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingies Thursday. Thank you, Suzanne. Please be sure to stop by.