Good Luck Teapot

I am sad to sell this little teapot, but I have no daughter to share its magic with. I really mean magic. You see, this teapot has been passed from mother to daughter in my family for six generations. Why? Because it brings good luck.
My first ancestor to own the teapot was named Sarah Wickham. The teapot was a present from her parents on her 16th birthday. Her parents had saved for a year to afford the teapot.
They lived in a little English village, you see. Her father worked as a tanner. He often had to travel for work which was expensive and kept him from his family. He dearly loved his family, so he wanted to get his daughter something special, so she would know how much he loved her. He found the teapot on a trip to Finland.
Sarah was overjoyed by the present. It was her most treasured possession. Sarah kept it on her bedside table, so she would be reminded of her father when she woke up and went to bed.
A few years later, Sarah met a lad named Tom Hiddleston. They quickly came to love each other. After a few months, when Sarah’s father returned home from one of his trips, Tom asked Sarah’s father for permission to court her, as was the tradition of the time.
He said no.
The reason has been guessed by many in my family over the years. My mother thought Tom was not a wealthy man. “Sarah’s father would have wanted her comfortable,” she said.
My grandmother says her grandmother said he did not approve of Tom because Tom accidentally spilled gravy on Sarah’s father. “He was so nervous about meeting her father, something bad was bound to happen,” my grandmother used to say. I am particularly fond of that theory.
After many weeks of trying to change her father’s mind, the loving couple exchanged locks of hair. This was a tradition at the time. The locks hair symbolized their love for one another and allowed each to keep a piece of the other with them at all times. Many kept the locks of hair in lockets or in pocket watches. But Sarah could not do that.
Her family did not have money for many fancy things. The necklaces she did have, she saved only for special occasions. If she started to wear a necklace all the time, her parents would quickly discover what had happened. Sarah knew she had to hide Tom’s lock of hair.
The night after the exchange, Sarah hid Tom’s lock of hair in the teapot. Afterward, she picked up the teapot and with tears in her eyes, she said:
“Please Father, I know you love me. I love you, but I also love Tom. Please, let us be together.”
The next morning, Sarah’s father granted his permission for her and Tom to court. When she asked him why he’d changed his mind, her father would give no explanation. It seemed, he did not know.
Sarah attributed the change to the wish she had proclaimed to her teapot.
When her and Tom’s daughter turned 16, Sarah gave teapot to her daughter and the story. She passed it on to her daughter, and she to her daughter until the teapot was given to me.
Over the years, many of my grandmothers have used the teapot. My grandmother kept my grandfather’s favorite pipe tobacco in the teapot while he served in World War II. She knows the teapot kept him safe.
My mother opened a bakery because of the teapot. She almost did not get the bakery. She was struggling to convince the bank to give her a loan. When she did not know what else to do, she put a small scone in the teapot. A week later, the bank granted the loan.
Until that point, my mother had not believed in the magic of the teapot. Now she does.
Those are two examples of the teapots magic I have seen. Each of my grandmothers have similar stories that I would love to share with whoever buys the teapot.
I do not have a daughter to pass on this heirloom to, but I do not want this teapot’s magic to end with me.
If you need some good luck in your life, please contact me. I would love to send you my magical teapot and I would love to hear how the teapot has brought you good luck!

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