Tuesday, February 23, 2016

February 23, 2016 ~ My Daddy’s Pencil & Silver Holder

"Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, 
invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears."
~Edgar Allen Poe

This week I am sharing with you a sterling pencil holder which belonged to my daddy.  It was a birthday gift from a very dear friend of his who later became a nun. Her name was Aloise, and she gave it to him March 6, 1914, his 21st birthday. His name was Eugene Marseilles Hornot, and I was named Eugenia after him. My daddy was born in 1893 and lived to be 100+6 months. He and my mother, Mattie Lou, tried 3 times hoping to have a boy. I was the third daughter in row so they decided to quit trying and just name me for him. I love wearing his pencil on a white gold chain, and it is another of my “family treasures”. Please excuse the quality of the pictures, but I am finding it terribly difficult to shoot silver successfully. I always get that glare. Maybe one of these days I will figure it out.

This post is linked with Tom’s Tuesday’s Treasures.


  1. Genie, what a wonderful family story, thanks for sharing it with us this week. I can see why you treasure this. I hope that you have a bunch more treasure to share in the future.

  2. A beautiful old thing and lovely memories.
    Yes, it is difficult to photograph silver, but you've well captured the soul of the article.
    Greetings from Germany and thanks for your comments

    When you like my picture-stories, you should stroll through my blog, there are so many. It's my creative joy in the often very unpoetical alldays life...

  3. Wow, your dad made it to a 100! The way you talk about your dad, you must have loved him. You did quite a good job capturing the silver as well as a the engraving! Have a joyful week!

  4. What a treasure for sure. I just love family stories.

  5. Oh, wow, Genie, what a treasure to have. I have never seen anything like it.

  6. You did a good job capturing the beauty of Silver in the photos, it is very, very difficult for me as well!
    What a lovely story to go along with your treasure, thank you for sharing!

  7. I have never seen one of those before. I can imagine how handy they were to have back in the day. Nowadays people peck keys to make a note in an electronic device. Who ever has a pencil on them anymore? Maybe a pen...sometimes.

  8. I can imagine that you must be full of pride to wear such a treasure from your daddy. You captured it so well, that the engraving is easily to read.

  9. What an awesome family treasure.

  10. I love this. I had never heard of a pencil holder. What a treasure indeed.

  11. Beautiful Genie -- it's really neat you can wear this treasure! And I love the story about your name!

  12. Oh, what a long life! Then you've got a very long time had your father with you!
    And this keepsake sterling silver is just wonderful! Yes, once you have used the pins until they could no longer be hold. Today you already buy a new pencil, when the old one is still 10 cm long. LG Ulrike