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Ancient Relics

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JJ50, Aug 25, 2019.

  1. JJ50

    JJ50 Well-Known Member

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    We have several in our home, including me of course. [​IMG]

    I would love to know the provenance of this key, which was discovered in my childhood home, it is obviously pretty old. I used to tease my grandchildren that is was the one the Minstrel Blondel, an ancestor of mine on my father's side of the family, used to release the 12th century British King Richard the Lionheart from his prison in Austria.

    We also have pew from monastery sale, which we think dates back to the Tudor era, which my mother purchased for a fiver in 1952, when I was two. My father had it valued about 35 years ago and was told it was worth about £2000. It is in very good condition considering my sisters and I used to sit on it as kids, as did my children and grandchildren. It is now kept in our hall, and promised to our Vicar daughter when I pop my clogs.

    Do other posters have any relics going back several centuries?
     
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  2. rocala

    rocala Active Member

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    Nothing that old but I do own a book that has a small certificate inside. It states that it was a school prize awarded to my grandfather's brother.
    A few years later he was killed, aged eighteen in the 1st WW.
     
  3. Estro Felino

    Estro Felino Believer in free will
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    My grandfather was a fisherman. He found this Roman amphora in a fishnet...it was on the bottom of the sea... Surely of the II century AD.

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  4. Estro Felino

    Estro Felino Believer in free will
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    Btw...I admit it is not fair....I live in a country really really full of ancient stuff.:p
     
  5. sooda

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    Yes .. a few pieces under 300 years old. .. A Russian Samovar, a Persian tray, a brass bedwarmer..
     
  6. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    My prize possession is a roman clay old lamp with impression of Diana carved into it. The reason it is special is that the makers thumbprint was embedded in the handle before it was fired.

    I like a small chunk of concrete from the Coliseum that literally fell into my hand as i leant on a wall.

    We also have a Louis XIV black marble fireplace,. Don't know its its provenance, it was in the house when we moved in. A guy doing some renovations for us offered 7000€ for it.

    The house itself is over 200 years old

    Oldest is not mine although i discovered it. My avatar is a 22000 year old cro-magnon skull on display at the national museum of pre-history in Les Eyzies
     
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  7. Heyo

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    I don't own many old things but I love to make copies of old things for my Living History hobby.
     
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