Every Step in that Provenance

I wish I knew more of how this trunk came to my possession.

All I know is that it has my aunt’s name on it (Ahltje Goldenstein) and her destination (Keokuk Junction, Ills.). I purchased it from an antique dealer about 10 years ago in Keokuk, Iowa. She would only say that she purchased it an estate sale and that it was wrapped in burlap when she got it.

That was all.

If you have ancestral ephemera or artifacts, have you documented their ownership from the first person to the present? It can help you and others determine if the story is true and it helps to preserve that ownership story for future generations.

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3 thoughts on “Every Step in that Provenance

  1. Patty

    No, not sure how yet. But I have a beautiful pillow sham or cover with family & I think friends names on it. The names are hand embroidered. I think it was either my great grandparents or someone else but have no clue as when or what occasion it was made. I have a few possible new clues to look into.

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