The stunning beauty of a good old fashioned wooden oak chest in the dining room or bedroom of an old house always fills me with glee. Just entering a room that has antique furniture thrills me. The feeling that a family from many many years ago will have used that article on a daily basis and has cared for it, lovingly dusting and polishing it, makes me feel very glad.
On a visit to a historic house in the Midlands recently, we were struck by the number of pieces in the house that had apparently been there for more than two hundred years. There were records of when this home owner in the past had bought this item and another where something had been taken into the home in leiu of a missed rental payment. Not so good for the poor person, but the item had been saved and was here for all to enjoy still.