Do you have a special camphor chest to keep your treasures?
There have been lots of chests in
In the 18th and 19th Centuries...European ships plying between China and Europe were stuffed full of camphor wood chests. In them were treasures like tea and other precious goods. And sometimes the chests were sold separately to customers. Women started to purchase them and place them in the living rooms as objects to be admired. Hence the popularity of the camphor wood chests rose sharply in those centuries. Today many continue to value them as antiques and precious legacies from their forefathers.
I was delighted to meet Mrs. Tomlinson's camphor chest in Cornwall. It was a real treasure chest with a great history.
One of the pictures from the scroll...Prodigal son asking for forgiveness from his father.
In the chest among other treasures there was a Chinese scroll(all rolled up) which was used by Chinese Sunday School teachers to teach the Parable of the Prodigal Son in China. This scroll of more than 100 years old was a gift from Rev Tomlinson's father who used to be a missionary in China. Cellophane tape has been used to tape the pictures together.
This is what a normal camphor chest is like. You can buy them in better
furniture shops. Antiques are hard to come by.
My friend Judy having a look at the 100 year old teaching aid.
Mrs. Janet Tomlinson holding the precious antique pictorial scroll of the Prodigal Son - Chinese version from Qing Dynasty.
Having seen such a camphor chest, I would say that it would really be nice for some of us , especially those of us who have roots in Fujian to one day own a camphor wood chest....and in the future our descendants can have a peep into our collections and see for themselves the valuable items we leave them. Just a thought.
It was an amazing lesson for Judy and I, together with Mrs. Tomlinson, to review the Parable of the Prodigal Son with the help of Qing Dynasty illustrations.
May God bless the Tomlinsons....