Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Heirloom Christmas Gifts

For Christmas, Whitley and I decided to give each other and our family a full set of silverware from the pattern we chose for our wedding, Gorham Studio.  You know how it goes with lots of boys around.  I'm sure there are still some spoons in the dirt at our former houses or something!  Yes, we did loose some of our silverware through the years, but in no way did we ever actually have a complete set or even enough to begin with for the large family that we now have.  We have thought of buying more for several years now, but... OH!  -The price tag!  We did it this year though, and are really glad that we did.  

Along with this gift to each other, Whitley refurbished and presented this silverware chest that is very sentimental to his side of the family.  Whitley's mom, Gayla, brought this to us from Montana in 2014.  The lower section of it was used in his sister's bedroom as a bookshelf and a lamp stand for many years.  The actual silverware section, however, wasn't ever used because it was broken.  The chest was very old, as it had been given originally to Dr. Owen E. Puckett and his wife, Clevel, (Whitley's maternal great-grandparents) as a 50th wedding anniversary gift on December 28th, 1955.  Whitley's mom received it as a family heirloom after her grandmother passed away.

Before Pictures:

the broken drawers

One thing we are missing is one of the drawer pulls! Let us know if any of you ever run across something that looks like this!

Only picture we got of the repair work.  Whitley was repairing broken feet of the base.

finished base

Merry Christmas!
Whitley wanted to honor his parents by giving this gift during the Christmas season, very close to their 47th wedding anniversary date on December 28th.  This date would have also been the date that his great-grandparents, the Pucketts, were married 110 years ago.

Top Drawer: Steak Knives

2nd Drawer: Hollow Knives

3rd Drawer

4th (bottom) Drawer

This China which is beautifully adorned with our new silverware was my mom, Linda's, wedding pattern, Noritake Savannah, and she has graciously given it to me.  We recently also purchased more of this China to complete and add to her already beautiful collection.  In the picture below, the pitcher and basin was painted and glazed by my mom for her mother as a Christmas gift in 1977, one month before I was born.

Come on over to the old Bradberry house for your down-to-earth yet really fancy heirloom-dining experience!!  Fine china or not, we love sharing our home with you!

Love from our family to you and yours,

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