A Family Heirloom

A Family Heirloom

A family heirloom

Before we headed to Bluestone for our break, my parents packed a small case for Daniel and Emma full of things in case we had a rainy day.

Naval case family heirloom

The case belonged to my grandfather, and was given to him in November 1950. My grandfather has a very sweet tooth and he tells me he filled it with crunchies when he was in the Navy,despite rationing being in place! I’m almost tempted to recreate this and see just how many crunchies that is!!

case3Daniel LOVES this case, and it’s great that he has that connection to his great grandfather. My grandparents live in Cardiff so we don’t see them as often as we would like, however we try to do Facetime often so that they get to see Daniel and Emma and Daniel and Emma get to see them. I recall the case when I was little, probably having my Roland Rat toy packed into it. When my parents gave the case to Daniel,he kept a tight hold of it, keen to make sure we didn’t forget to take it with us.

We are looking after this case, and it isn’t part of everyday play as I want to preserve it as much as we can. I am intending to build on Daniel’s love of the case and use this as our learning case. I plan to share a bit more about this in due course and how that will work.

I think it’s pretty special that this case is now with the fourth generation of our family, and still pretty much as it was. My dad repainted the edges and the hinges but decided to leave the rest as it is, complete with his own childhood annotations – this was my dad’s spy case! Now it is a treasured family heirloom.

I wonder how many of these cases are still in existence and use, some 60 or so years on.



  1. 25th March 2015 / 09:37

    Wow, what an amazing family heirloom! I love the crunchie story, ha! X

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