When I wrote about my great-granny, I didn't mentioned the only other inheritance my mother got from her. It's a small wooden cassette made in a very typical style, which is called in the US Tramp Art (1870-1940). Actually every man could do this kind of artwork with a piece of wood and his pocketknife. Nevertheless I think my great-granddad was gifted. This small chest was a wedding gift, given in 1906 to Luise Jost by her husband Johannes Friedrich Link. There are different layers of carved wood sticks to build five three dimensional frames in different sizes. A small plain wooden box is covered inside and outside in light green velvet and framed on five sides. The nice little decoration of colorful enameled metal are in front and on top of it. The two letters "L" and "J" are for Lusie Jost, which was her maiden name. A tiny lion head with a ring in his mouth is as also usable as a handle as the handle in the middle of the lid itself to open it. Maybe the ring in the lion's mouth was decorated once upon a time with a velvet or a silk bow. The chest itself stands on four lions paws.
My mother loved this treasure chest a lot. I know about this "treasure chest" a long time, because once in a while she talked about it, but I had never seen it, because she had to leave it behind at a certain time in her life. After almost 30 years it was given back to her and my mother gave the chest straight to me. She knows, I will treasure this piece of history always. Actually I like it, because it is really beautiful. To keep it clean without destroying velvet or enameled decorations, is another lifelong story.
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