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Re: Wedding gift lists 1930s
« Reply #9 on: Sunday 10 September 23 23:11 BST (UK) »
  I still use the Oneida cutlery, but then it doesn't wear out! I have just remembered that I rather fancied a design of cutlery that was too expensive, then not long afterwards I saw it in the V. and A. I think it was Alveston, and I could now buy a 6 person canteen on-line for £1000. ::)
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« Reply #10 on: Sunday 10 September 23 23:18 BST (UK) »
Although I also find the list of presents in old newspapers interesting, I'm sglad that tradition died out, it must have been very embarrassing for the guests who could only afford a very modest item.

Back in 1960 we didn't have a list,  if asked, we said we would appreciate small practical items, as we had years ahead of frequent moves with the Army. I still have many of things we received, including those from our family Doctor and the minster who married us, they  have both been in  almost daily use all these years.

I do still have a list of of all the gifts we received and who gave them to us.

In all our many moves we only had one breakage, and not a wedding present.

Although we had quite a big wedding, like Victoria the reception was  in the Church hall, so no alcohol. Things would be different today as the Church allows alcohol.
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Re: Wedding gift lists 1930s
« Reply #11 on: Monday 11 September 23 11:23 BST (UK) »
I too still have a few items of cutlery from the sets, the knives are good for buttering.
The lace tablecloth is going strong ,albeit mended in places .
When we got engaged we started buying Pyrex ware, a dinner service in
blue ..
Each week we would get a plate ,or casserole/ tureen dish/ sauce boat etc.
 There is not one piece left !
The biscuit barrel( now used as a chunky vase, )
I have remembered ,place mats, none left though.
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Re: Wedding gift lists 1930s
« Reply #12 on: Monday 11 September 23 12:34 BST (UK) »
I still have wooden spoons in use, the kitchen broom from my cousin, and a couple of pyrex bowls from my nan. An ornament from an aunt is still going, but my slow cooker, whilst still working, was not as efficient as a more up to date one, so it has been retired to the loft. Still keeping as a spare, just in case.

Three storage pots we received as an engagement gift have been passed onto my son.
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Re: Wedding gift lists 1930s
« Reply #13 on: Monday 11 September 23 13:41 BST (UK) »
There sits in a drawer a fine linen tablecloth which was given as a wedding gift. The gift was passed on within the recipient's family and eventually was given to a neighbour (as a gift). It has since been inherited and, as far as I can remember has lain in the drawer, largely undisturbed since then. The person who originally gave the wedding gift died in 1813.

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« Reply #14 on: Monday 11 September 23 22:26 BST (UK) »
Wow, what a long history.
It would have been lovely had the various brides’ names and dates been embroidered on one corner.

A bit like Welsh quilts,, a very few have the various patches with name and date of the owner of the dress  or whatever that the patch came from .
 
Perhaps though that was specific to one area .
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« Reply #15 on: Monday 11 September 23 23:02 BST (UK) »
I've just noticed the dateline in title of the post...it's 40years too early for me.  ;D
I did write thank you cards from the list that I made of who bought what.
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« Reply #16 on: Monday 11 September 23 23:15 BST (UK) »
     The gift list runs to nearly 2 columns, and I ask myself what on earth they did with it all. Apart from the very close family, most of the gifts are quite basic; local doctor, mirror; Mrs M-C, wastepaper basket; landowner, cruet; Lord and Lady L, umbrella. There are some more interesting things from some and many more dull things from (probably) the poorer people. (And at least 2 sets of fish knives and forks ::))
   
If the bride and groom have both been living at home, and manage to move into an unfurnished house together, whether rented or bought, surely they will need everything, because they may have just about nothing?  They may have had some opportunity to save and have a drawer set aside, but you cannot get many waste paper baskets in there.
When we were first married (in the 1970's) we were in furnished accommodation initially, decided that it was too expensive, moved into unfurnished, and slept on the floor.
If a list is made by the couple, as distinct from a list recording what has been given, then one hopes that receiving 2 sets of fish knives is avoided.

I was reading a wedding list from 1909 where the couple received 6 inkstands.  I happened to show the list to my daughter, who said, 'what's an ink-stand?'
They also got 2 cigarette boxes and 2 cigarette cases.


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Re: Wedding gift lists 1930s
« Reply #17 on: Tuesday 12 September 23 09:59 BST (UK) »
Well we each left our family home, no student flats etc so had absolutely nothing except a fruit bowl my other half had won in
the Inter Church  Billiard matches.
Green glass a bit like uranium glass ,but not that.
I have it still.
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