Sunday, December 6, 2009

Vintage Christmas Gift



Two weeks ago, on my birthday, my mother in law gave me this antique child's pressed glass punch bowl with 6 matching cups on a little silver tray...



She had inherited it from Mary, an elderly cousin who had received it as a Christmas present when she was a young child.
That means this darling little set is over 100 years old.











Tiny antique ornaments in this wee antique glass punch bowl...



Was this not the sweetest, dearest birthday gift ever?
I can only imagine how delighted Mary and her sister were when they received it on Christmas morning more than one hundred years ago!

Joan at Anything Goes Here is hosting Vintage Christmas Monday. There are over 100 participants sharing their vintage Christmas items...

37 comments:

Lemondrop Marie said...

I love thoughtful (And vintage) gifts like this! You'll treasure it always.
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
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KarenB said...

I agree that was an AWESOME birthday present! Oh My Goodness! Your MIL really "gets" you, doesn't she?

Jane said...

I love that gift for so many reasons. First it's an absolutely adorable piece, second it was a family piece and is being passed down the generations and third your MIL knows you well enough to know how much you would appreciate it. Happy Belated birthday!!!
Jane

Lee said...

Oh,yes I can imagine the joy of them receiving that gift... isn't it a shame young recipients aren't nearly as grateful.
Lee

Linda said...

That is just such a wonderful gift.

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

A majorly sweet and thoughtful gift...she must really love you a lot.

Rose

Postcardy said...

That is such a nice gift and a great thing to display at Christmas.

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

Gosh, is that ever sweet! The best kinds of gifts are these, such meaning to them, and the giver obviously knows you would appreciate such a treasure! Love it! I'm doing Vintage Christmas Monday too....stop over if you'd like!
XOXO
Joni

~~Carol~~ said...

Oh wow, what a beautiful set, and really quite amazing that it has survived 100 years! It has obviously been very well taken care of and treasured!
Happy VCM!
Carol

Celticlass said...

What a gorgeous precious gift. I have a child's tea set my Grandmother gave me. Happy Belated Birthday!
Many Blessings,
Erin

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I agree! It's just the sweetest birthday gift, ever! Thanks for sharing your photographs of it.
Have a great week!
xoxo
Donna

Chemin des Muguets said...

Laura,

What a thoughtful present, and you are the perfect person to appreciate it. Years ago, I bought the little punchbowl (now long gone from my possession), but I had never seen the cups. Beautiful!

Marjorie

Mitt hvite hus said...

Beautiful gift you got...

I like the cups was hanging...


Wish you a wonder ful weeks..


Hugs Kerstin

jade said...

Dear Laura,
what a wonderful gift - and your home is the best place for this lovely treasure!!!!! Happy belated birthday to you and thank you so much for your sweet wishes to my birthday!!!!! Have a very nice week,

Hugs Jade

Joan@anthinggoeshere said...

It was certainly a wonderful gift then and now! The sweetest and happy birthday! Thanks for being a part of Vintage Christmas Monday. xo Joan, your hostess

Lululiz said...

How very beautiful!

Jacqueline said...

What a wonderful mother-in-law you have, Laura. She obviously knows you very well to know that you would adore that present and know that it has gone to a good home. Do you think that she would like to be my surrogate mother-in-law ??!!! XXXX

Theresa said...

Oh my, what a wonderful gift! I have never seen one so tiny. It is precious! Enjoy your day!

Ange said...

That's just the punch bowl to serve nut or orange wine in ;-) I shall find you the recipe. I often wonder with pieces like that - for what occasions the owners may have used it and with what loving care they would have taken of it after each use... It is very fitting that such a treasure should go to you...

Bonjour Madame said...

That is adorable and with such a history!

cheryl kuhn said...

What a sweet gift made even more special with the family connection, I hope you will enjoy it for many years!

Beth Gales said...

What a sweet gift and an heirloom for your family. Enjoy!

Carol said...

Oh my I love pressed glass and your vintage set os so delightful! The pink vintage Christmas ornaments look great in it!
Happy Vintage Christmas Monday wishes sends you
Carola from Boxwood Cottage in Germany

Fabulously french said...

What a fabulous gift, just what I need to serve our mulled wine in.

sissie said...

Wow, that is one darn cute, utterly irresistible child punch bowl set. And, it's wonderful that it has been in your family for so long. I'm sure you will cherish it forever and then pass it along.
Have a great week.

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

What a great gift, I love it, I didn't even know that they had child size punch bowls, I guess you learn something new everyday (;
Hugs~Kelly

Peonies & Magnolias said...

What an awesome gift, it is so beautiful and something you can enjoy forever.

Sandy

Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

This is wonderful! Good for you. I just love vintage things with a history...and who can resist child-sized treasures? Thank you for sharing! ; )

The Flying Bee said...

What a beautiful little set! Can you imagine the morning they received this?! I love the history behind the treasures we all collect. Thanks for sharing this and happy belated b-day!

Adrienne

Sea Witch said...

These are the gifts that mean more to our hearts than anything we can buy at a retail store. Lovely little punch bowl set you will cherish forever. Sea Witch

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Don't you love it when people just get you...and it's obvious you mother-in-law knows what you love.

Bonjade said...

How wonderful....
She must be very happy to have you in the family....;)
Such great gift and congratulations, a bit late, with your birthday....
I love also the antique christmas balls.
Nice evening

belle-blanc said...

Isn't it a perfect bowl for the typical egg-nog for christmas? A great gift... you had birthday? congrats and all the best... hugs, Mira!

Anne~fiona and twig said...

You always hear the mother-in-law horror stories, sounds like you've got a keeper!
Just beautiful. :-)
Anne

kana said...

What a lovely treasure for you to enjoy!!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

What a precious gift-for all who received it. My post is up too. Come and see me, if you get a chance.

Blissitydoodah said...

That IS the most precious little gift ever! Couldn't be found in an antique shop either...not with all those parts. Wonderful :)