An Antique Bed, an Heirloom Secretary, and Art in All Forms

Heirloom Stories, Vol. 3

Most heirlooms have a story, and we want to know more of them. This Heirloom Stories interview series explores why people collect antiques and how special collectibles find new life generations after their creation.

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Name: Brianna
IG: 1920craftsman

What was the first antique you ever bought?

This metal bed was my first antique. When my parents divorced when I was in high school, my mom took me antiquing in Lambertville, NJ & New Hope, PA to furnish my bedroom at her house. It was such a fun experience, and I think it’s when I fell in love with antiquing.

antique metal bed
An antique bed frame purchased on a mother/daughter antiquing trip.

We thought the bed was a full, but it was a queen. This has been fortunate since being a queen bed, it has transitioned into married life with us. We’d never be able to fit a king into our space. My husband and I often joke that our house is 3/4 size.

Do you have a meaningful heirloom that was handed down to you?

This bookcase/secretary was actually my dad’s first antique. As a little girl, I remember my mom keeping all her coupons in the drawer and pulling down the secretary to make a bedroom for my barbies.

antique house with craftsman detailing
An antique secretary in the distance that Brianna’s father handed down to her.

My dad has been downsizing and when I mentioned how much I loved this piece, he said I could have it. I was not anticipating that at all! It fits perfectly in our entry.

antique secretary bookshelf
An up close look at the cherished and functional antique secretary bookshelf.

Our mail tray sits on top, our board games in the cabinet, and the coupon drawer has essentially become a drawer of random things. I love that it’s such a beautiful piece but also functions so well for our needs. 

If you could only acquire one category of antiques or collectibles, which would it be and why? 

If I could only acquire one category of antiques or collectibles, it would be art. I say that because art is not limited to pieces you put on a wall.

antique oil painting
Brianna explores the definition of art with her students.

What is art? This is a question I dive into in my classroom.

Various examples of art, both conventional and unconventional.

Art is a beautiful pair of candle sticks. Art is a crystal made by Mother Nature. Art is a gorgeous piece of pottery. Art is a handmade rug. Art is a floral arrangement. Art and art objects tell stories and history lives within them. 

*Responses may be edited for length and clarity.

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