dinsdag 20 september 2011

Marriage gifts for the whole life

In the past society looked clear and simple. Daughters who had left their house received a trousseau and hoped for a good match with their life partner. Wealthy farmers' daughters in Westphalia did not only receive just a pile of linen with that, but also a matching oak wardrobe.
In this example we see the locker Bernhardine Aholt (1879-1965) in 1903 as a gift was given at the start of her marriage. A hand-carved piece with her ​​initials D.A. (Dina Aholt). The sample was 253 cm. high and 215 cm. wide. In modern homes, this would not even fit, but in the peasant homes of the past, this was no problem.

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