Is It An Antique?

The glass rolling pin used by my mother. Our icebox with its big block of ice. The churn located on the back porch. These things are part of my childhood memories. They are also things I see often in antique stores. I classify them as “old” but understand that the designation, “antique,” is now used when something becomes a collectable.

While writing a novel set in the 1930’s, my memories of old items made it easy for me to design the homes for that period. The cast iron stove as central heating for the house is one of those items.

When I was a child, our stove was located in the dining room and was placed perfectly to serve as shelter for a shy little girl. When someone knocked on our door, I would run and hide in the corner behind the stove. From there I could hear everything that was going on, but no one could see me.

In Child of Desire, the pot bellied stove in Amanda’s Colorado home was located in the living room. Most recently I have seen these cast iron heating stoves used as patio decorations, but during the 1930’s and 40’s they kept us warm on cold winter days.

I will always be grateful for a dad who rose early each morning to stir the embers and add fuel so his family would wake to a warm home.


  1. Dad was a master at banking a fire.

    Rule of thumb: An antique must be older than the observer. Thus when you look at me you see an antique, but you will never be an antique in my eyes.

    1. Vanilla, Dad's skills were many and we benefited from them.

      I'm so happy that your rule means I can't be an antique, at least to someone. If determined by aches and pains, I would have qualified long ago.