During the 1800s, people began collecting various curiosities--things like shells, miniatures, hair paintings, figurines, stuffed animals, and other curios--and displayed them in cabinets designed for that purpose. Here you will find some of my curiosities or things of others that I find interesting.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
The Porcelain Cat Box
When I was a child, no more than first grade, I went with my mother to visit an old woman. I did not know the woman, but she lived above one of the stores in my hometown. In her small apartment, she had a what-not shelf unit and on it was a small china box with a cat looking out of a field of flowers.
I was awe struck by this piece and must have shown fascination. The lady asked if I liked it. "Oh, yes," I replied. Would I take care of it? "Of course." And she took it off the shelf and gave it to me.
I think my mother protested the gift, but I went home with it. It is one of the of the first pieces that I collected.
When I told the story of how I got the piece at a workshop on storytelling, the teacher asked me what I would do if a small child fell in love with the piece, as I had.
"I would have to pass it on," I responded.
Studying the piece, I realize it has "Occupied" stamped on the bottom meaning that the piece is from after World War II and was probably not expensive, but it has remained a valuable momento to a stranger's kindness to me as a child.