Saturday, 23 February 2008

Photo hunt - Wooden



A Swedish wooden "brudkista" (means bride's chest) but in english it's called a dowry chest.

More Photo Hunter contributions can be viewed here.

This is where a young girl kept the belongs that she was going to bring into her future marriage, like linen, towels, table cloths that she had made and embroidered herself. This particular dowry chest is not from our family, but my father in law bought it at an auctions in the South West of Sweden and somehow manged to transport it home on the back of his bicycle!

I love the fact that it is something from my husband's childhood home. It is standing in my daughters room now and it's so beautifully worn out, you can see the wood through the paint at places.

PS, Forgot to mention, 366 challengers. I know that wooden is a theme for the 366 challenge, but I simply have to show you a true Swedish wooden house, so that's why I am not "using up" my 366 theme now. ;)

19 comments:

rajson said...

Ju äldre man blir ju mer uppskattar man sin historia.Har ett litet "syskrinsbord" med liknande vacker dekoration som vi ärvt efter min svärmor.
Kul att kika på dina "dagens foto".Happy weekend!

Butchay said...

looks really antique...very nice. anyway mine is up too check it out

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Wow - a beautiful piece of history!
Have a great weekend!

Bengbeng said...

this bridal chest is so cool

Gypsy at heart said...

OOOhhhh....that is beautiful.Wish it could tell us of all the memories it holds.

Lisa B said...

Mia, this is beautiful. You are very busy with all these photo challenges :0), I think wooden is also a theme in 366.

Yen said...

That is simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing them to us;)

Karen said...

How gorgeous! And what a wonderful story. Everyone needs family heirlooms.

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Julie M said...

That looks to be a lovely chest, Mia. I'd love to own such a piece. Lucky you that your father-in-law was determined enough to have it that he carted it home on his bike!

ancient one said...

Pretty Wooden Chest! I likey!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

That is a lovely chest. It is painted beautifully.

Katney said...

The traditional decoration is wonderful, too. And the story--all the way home on the bicycle! When I visited India I saw more things on a bicycle that I could imagine, so I know it's possible. I would bet it made it hard to balance, though.

Heather said...

So beautiful.

Dogeared said...

How pretty and vintage! I look forward to seeing the Swedish wooden house too :D

Andrée said...

I love the history and tradition and beauty of your post.

Carin said...

"Brudkiste" is similar to the Dutch word for it "Bruidskist".

Nice entry for the photo hunt theme wooden.

Dragonstar said...

Beautiful chest. It's amazing what you can carry on a bicycle if you have enough determination!

Nilla said...

Vad fint! Vad kul med 366-utmaningen! Fin blogg du har. Ha det så bra.
/ Nilla

Mia said...

Thank you all for stopping by, you really make my day with your kind input.