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Posted on What makes something an heirloom?

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#1 posted 03-15-2018 12:46 AM

I think it goes beyond just a hand-me-down idea. Heirloom furniture is desired by those who aren’t related to the maker. I think the term used in regard to furniture means something that withstands the tests of time and use in many different ways. Something strong (not necessarily in a literal sense) and of quality. Something that has a design that endures thru the ages. Something that is handmade and not easily reproduced. I think it also will have an artful quality to it and not pedestrian and mundane.

I think an heirloom piece has all of these qualities.

I’ll add, a family heirloom isn’t necessarily an heirloom piece of furniture. It may have sentimental value, but no value to others. JMO :)

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