My Parents’ Wedding Furniture from late 1940.’
A Story of the nut tree furniture bought just before my parents’ wedding October 9, 1948.
My husband, Henry, has a blog on their wedding. A Google translate button is available.
From Holsteinsgade 30, Østerbro, Copenhagen their first flat from 1948-1951. My mother’s brother and finacé on a visit
From my parents second home, Tøjmestervej 8, N.V. in Copenhagen. 1951-1954
Growing up, my twin brother and I learnt to be very careful about not touching the lacquered furniture or spill any liquid on them. The first years of our life, we were not allowed into the living room. The chairs around the dinner table had covers made in a cotton cloth, and the beautiful navy blue colour of the woven wool seats was a rare sight when they had guests. The table had two extensions that were hidden underneath the tabletop.
From the villa in Herlev, a suburb ten km from the centre of Copenhagen 1954-2008
Our first day of school celebrated with neighbours, August 1958
Should anyone upset a glass of sparkling water on the table cloth, my mother would run to the kitchen to get a tea towel to suck it up under the tablecloth. There would remain a bulk on the table for the rest of the meal. I am sure something like that happened on our birthday.
Christmas in Herlev 1964
Eighteen years later
For my parents’ golden wedding anniversary in 1998, they had the seats replaced. My fathers’ cousin of my age, is a weaver and made new seats in a deeper blue colour. After that, the chairs were still covered, not to be worn out too early. Ten years later, my parents had both passed away, and the dinner table and 6 chairs found a new home at my close family.
When something was spilt on the table, a wet dishcloth would wipe it.
My family members used the furniture as long as they lasted, and as no one had room for them, they were disposed of at the garbage dump in 2018 after seventy years’ of service.
The cupboard with three doors is at my twin brother’s home. There was a particular smell of wood and chocolate. I sometimes sneak in to see if the smell is still there. My parents had all their porcelain used for guests and stuck in was dark chocolate. My father liked dark chocolate.
In three small drawers underneath my mother had her sewing equipment and the cutlery also for guests. A pair of scissors was in the sewing drawer. It made a certain dry kind of a sound. I have them with me.
I have the bureau the sight of which I enjoy.
At the time when my newly married parents bought the furniture, the average salary per hour was 3,22 Danish crowns which are less than half a dollar. They paid 4.140 Dkr, which is about $ 600.