Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Our Chinese Trunk

Our Family Heirloom
Chinese Chest

My husband's aunt gave this chest to us about thirty years ago. We were thrilled to get it. The story is amazing. A relative of her's along with her husband were missionaries in China in the 1930's.
The political climate of China, particularly Shanghi, was volatile.

In 1931, just as the magazine started publication, anger against the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in northern China reverberated throughout the country. In cities like Shanghai, Chinese residents organized boycotts of Japanese goods. Perhaps in retaliation for the boycotts, Japanese forces bombed Shanghai on January 28, 1932. Japanese troops withdrew by the end of May, only to return with a full-scale invasion in 1937. Around the time that Ling long magazine ceased publication in 1937, Nationalists and Communists set aside their political differences to form a united front against the Japanese. --- Ling long Women's Magazine

According to the story the relative and her husband were required to give up their post and return to the United States.
The trunk is in beautiful condition. I wish I could describe the inside of the trunk as it has the most wonderful woodsy smell. The lock and key are unique.. at least to me.

Somehow when I look at this trunk the movie,
"Inn of the Sixth Happiness" comes to mind.

I'll be linking to
My Romantic Home for
Show and Tell Friday


LPC said...

What a wonderful piece - and such great history. China was volatile then, and still hasn't really reached equilibrium now.

Theresa said...

Oh how gorgeous! I would love to have that piece:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage said...

Following back! And yes, I must say my Christmas decor does involve some vintage and vintage inspired items! Lots of Shiny Brites and some repro Putz houses for sure. I'm not sure what I'm doing re: decorating for Christmas this year, as I want to try something completely different using what I already have. It will be interesting and full of vintage goodness, that's for sure!

~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such a fantastic piece and what great and special history. Loved the post and all the information. Hugs, Marty

Nancy's Notes said...

What a beautiful chest! You have so many wonderful family heirlooms and incredible history to go with them. Thanks for sharing!