Now, before I begin lets not confuse the Family Heirlooms to the Family Jewels (in which case I'm sure our DH's can clarify for us...) but I have been chatting to some girls at work lately about odd family heirlooms that are passed down from generation to generation.
I have two that I can think of, both of which I received when I got married. The first was a gold ring with a tiny porcelain dove on it that was placed on my wedding cake - it was on my mothers side and has been passed down through 5 generations, with my wedding being the 6th cake it was placed on.
On my fathers side, I received a cross which has a little lock at the bottom. You can open the cross up, and there are relics of Saint Agnes and Saint Theresia with little scrolls of parchment. I have NO idea how long this has been in the family for, but has so far been traced back to 1687.
A girlfriend has told me of a glass bowl that looks like an ugly fishbowl that has been passed down in her family for 4 generations so far.
Have you got any odd heirlooms? Share your tale!