Oct. 25th, 2016

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The oldest item of furniture? Mum gave me her Regency card table - it's incredibly solid and heavy, with mahogany veneer, drawers for the cards and a top that folds open. That makes it about 200 years old.

The oldest appliance still regularly in use? Mum's 45 year old sewing machine, but I don't use it much. [livejournal.com profile] da_norvegicus has just reminded me of my lava lamp, which is now about 27 years old.

The oldest family photo? Me at 6 weeks old, which makes it 52 years old. I do, however, have a painted portrait of my great-something-huge-grandmother, from the 1830s. Which makes it about 180 years old.

The oldest book? Family Shakespeare, I think. Belonged to my great-grandfather and is over 100 years old.

The oldest article of clothing in your closet? 1930s silk nightdress. It doesn't get worn, though. Of items I wear, I still have my 1982 thongs (flip flops).

The single oldest thing in the house? The above-mentioned table. I also have a whale's-tooth knife-steel that's probably about 150 years old, a Parisian Harmonium from 1887 and a mysterious bodkin we think might be over 150 years old.

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