Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Speaking Of Roots......

Yesterday I was talking about 'putting down roots'.
And today this post will be a variation of this theme.

Back in the early 1900's, Ron's maternal grandfather, Arthur Regan,
was a working tailor in the town of Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
He had a very good reputation in the province, as he
made suits for very prominent citizens at the time.

He had seven children, so he had to sew-up a lot of garments
in order to support his wife and family.

One of the things he chose for payment on occasion, was a 'trade of goods'.
and this is how the bronze urns came to be a part of the 'Regan/Troke' household.

Since Ron's mother, Tommy, passed in 1998, we have had them here with us.
Tommy used them as umbrella stands in her front hallway.
And at Christmas they were filled with pine boughs,
 red poinsettias, ribbons and clear small lights.

We have done that here as well.
Lately we are trying to determine if these Asian urns are Chinese or Japanese.
I went online to learn a bit more on each language,
and found that they are very similar in structure/symbol.

I figure they were probably made for the 'western' market
and thus arrived in Nova Scotia at some point.

We had these appraised a few years back but the appraiser
wasn't sure of their origin and date.
I will pursue this a little further and send photos 
to a more reputable dealer to see if they want to search/research these.

As you can see, they are covered in flora and fauna. They are very heavy.
The craftsmanship is very well done. They are 16 inches high.
On the bottom of each there is an inscription in either Chinese or Japanese.
This may be a help to a good appraiser.

In any case, we have enjoyed having them here with us.

How about you? Do have any family heirloom that you enjoy?


  1. Very crafty indeed and it must be nice to have such in your possession. Warm greetings!

    1. Hello Blogoratti. They have been here for so long that we almost take them for granted actually.
      All the best to you as well.

  2. Wow. Those are beauties. We had so many family heirlooms before our move here. We gave many to our nephews, kept a few. It seems nothing, no matter how old, seems to ever be worth anything financially. But they are wonderful to have.

  3. Those are awesome urns! I hope you do find out more about their provenance. I have a small blue hobnail glass vinegar jug and salt cellar that was given as a wedding gift in 1906 from my great-grandmother to my grandmother. That's about the oldest object we still have in the family. My other treasure is the ring worn at Vimy Ridge by my father's namesake who died of his wounds from that battle.

  4. Wow, these are incredible Jim. I don't have anything like that. My parents left their hometown in Greece in the late 50s and they didn't bring much with them here. But I imagine there are some things in the old country in relatives' homes.

    1. These are quite ornate, Martha depicting birds and plants all in inlaid bronze relief.
      Must have been difficult for your parents to have to leave behind things that meant so much to them. I guess you and your family can really relate to the refugee situation today.

  5. Hi Jim! I'm just checking in with you before I board my plane in Phoenix. I can't wait to read more 'Root' stories. These vases are wonderful! I'll be catching up as soon as I get back to Denver. Sending you and Ron big hugs and Sophie a big belly rub!

    1. Oh the pressure!! lol 'Root'stories, eh? I'll see what I can do, Louise. Enjoy your stay in Phoenix. Hugs back to you as well!

  6. I nailed down where these came from and when. They are Meiji Period Japanese Bronze vases/urns. This period was from roughly 1870 to 1912. and they are signed on the bottom. Amazing what a little research can do, eh?


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