An Old Wicker Seat
This little seat is an antique piece that my grandmother handed down to my sister.
She uses it now as a seat for a teddy bear that is probably older than that chair.
It is an antique that my grandmother gladly let us play with when we visited with our dolls and had tea parties.
We could never sit on it, but the dolls were more than welcome to use it.
After dressing up in some of my Gram's clothes, scarfs, costume jewelry, and shoes, we would all sit down at a small table and partake of tea and cookies.
That tea always had milk in it - my grandmother didn't want us to get burned. It took me years to try tea again, and without the milk it is now one of my favorite beverages.
We never knew who did the stenciling or painting on the chair, or where she got it from, but as far back as I can remember, it was always around.
She never did any work on it, all of the paint and the wicker seat is original - and it has held up pretty well over the years considering it did get used by little girls.
I never thought wicker to be that durable, but after reading up about it, I discovered that if the materials are grown in the right environment, it is quite long lasting and strong.
Of course this isn't the beautiful wickerwork that today's Conservatory Furniture is constructed of, but it must have been grown correctly in its time to have held up this long.
And it is certainly not as comfortable as today's wicker either - no foam cushions to relax in. The smoothly woven rattan of today doesn't snag you either like this chair's seat does.
Still though, we treasure it for its memories and enjoyment that it brought to us from our Gram.