It’s sometimes hard to remember that, not too long ago, furniture was as big a purchase as a house. Solid wood and sturdy construction were necessary. Comfort was nice to have, but not always guaranteed.
Things like a kitchen table would be the center of the home for a generation or more; this is where the homework was completed; this is where letters were written, where they were read, and where bills were paid; most importantly, this is where the family dined together, keeping strong their bonds every single day. Maybe this is why we passed them down. There are memories there.