Vintage Family Heirlooms

Kyndra (My Eldest Daughter) has a project for school this month, about vintage items and family heirlooms. I’ve got a heap of work to do at the moment, but feel like a writer with writer’s block . . . so the remedy for photographers is to shoot something for pleasure to rekindle that enthusiasm. . . so this is what I did!

Sacrament Set
Vintage LDS Sacrament Set

As I photographed the LDS Sacrament set, I began thinking of its history. Due to its uniqueness and limited location, I wonder how many members of the church are a part of this particular sacrament set’s history. Whether they were members of the Port Elizabeth Branch or served there as missionaries¬† . . . or were just visiting from other surrounds. I would love to hear your fond memories of the Chamberlain & Dollar Families and your experiences in this little branch back in its hey days. Please Leave your thoughts in the comments to this post.

A little about the items in these photos from the info I’ve managed to gather:
Elements from this sacrament set, date back to between 1909 – 1950 with the sacrament glasses (1914-1950) of lead composition, giving the glass a bluish tint and making them less likely to break compared to other glass of its era. The lead composition also made them able to better withstand extremities in heat and cold than ordinary glass.

The Sacrament tray, along with the sacrament prayer holder, were handmade by my Great Grandfather, Robert Karel Fritz Dollar, to service the members of the small LDS, Walmer branch in Port Elizabeth during the late 1940’s after completion of the chapel. It was the first Sacrament set used in the Branch. The 295 Hymn, Sunday School Song Book, dates back as far as 1909 and was published by the Deseret Sunday School Union. I’m unsure of actual print date of this particular edition, however it is clear that it was printed before 1937, as editions printed after this date had 296 hymns.

Vintage Books
Vintage Books

The Poetry Books belonged to my Great Grandparents (Edward Palmer Hudson & Muriel Gladys Townley Gardiner) and came across with their family when they emigrated from England. The little book shelf was made by my Great Uncle Bill (Edward William Townley Hudson) while still a young boy.
Edmund Spencer’s “Faerie Queene” is dated to 1862
The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, while Im unsure of its publishing date, was given as a gift to my Great Grandmother (Muriel Gladys Gardiner) in 1907.
The Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was published in 1852.

The Wind-up Alarm Clock (still in perfect working condition) was made by Westclox Ltd Scotland some time between 1948 – 1988 when the factory closed.

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