Miniature vase (circa 1885), crested china, souvenir of Southampton, Hampshire, UK. Made by W.H. Goss, Stoke-on-Trent, England. The item is a replica model of Romano-Salopian Ewer which was found at Uriconium, and held in Shewsbury Museum.
If you look at a family heirloom, and feel there is ‘nothing to write’ about it, no story to collect! You might be wrong, let me explain!
You may feel that you know nothing about an item, why Grandma, had it, who it belonged to before her, but regardless of how little you know, there is always a story to be told.
Start with Grandma herself. When was she born, where was she raised, who were her parents… include any dates you know with full names….. ie Janet (Jones) Smith, (1902-1978). Include maiden and married names.
Bring the story forward, add that Grandma was married to….. the son of….. and they had ? children. Link yourself to the child that is your direct relative.
Now we can look at the item. Many artifacts have a maker’s mark, or stamp. There is usually a clue to who made it, where and when. An Internet search can bring forth items similar to yours. Unfortunately, many items are part of “for sale” listings, but if you carefully cross-check the information. You may discover the date of the artifact, and where it originated.
All in all, there is plenty of information to gather into a story.
Be warned, however, if you do not start creating the story soon, and jot down what you know….. the information may well be lost over time.