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1951 letter to her dad found in desk.

1951 letter to her dad found in desk.

FAMILY HEIRLOOM: Pauline Stone (right) holds a letter sent to her late father in 1951. The letter was found by furniture restorer Kenneth Johnson (left) inside the desk when he was working on it. Also pictured is former desk owner Leonie Reedy, who asked Mr Johnson to restore it. The desk and letter have been given to Mrs Stone. Picture by Liam Clayton

Old furniture keeps on giving.

Furniture restorer Jason Akuhata-Brown was delighted to find a 1911 Gisborne Times behind an old mirror earlier this year but his latest discovery was even more exciting.

He and fellow furniture restorer Kenneth Johnson have returned a letter dated 1951 and found in a 1930s-era desk to the daughter of the original recipient.

Pauline Stone, of Heretaunga, was found through social media and came to Gisborne to receive the letter sent to her father Roy Lascelles.

Mr Akuhata-Brown said the letter remained unread until it was handed over to her.

It was not a love letter or anything of that nature. It was from one of Mr Lascelles’ fellow stamp collectors.

Mrs Stone was delighted to receive a letter belonging to her father, who died in 2010 at the age of 93.

“You hear about that kind of thing. I never expected it to happen,” she said. “It’s a real surprise.”

Mrs Stone said she could remember the desk in her Dannevirke home.

She believed it originally belonged to her grandparents.

Mr Johnson was stripping, sanding and restoring the desk to its former glory when he found the letter dated February 5, 1951.

The letter came from John B. Thomas of Point England, Ontario in Canada and was addressed to a Roy Lascelles of Dannevirke.

Mr Akuhata-Brown said the desk was made near the end of the Arts and Craft period and the beginning of the Art Deco movement.

The desk was bought to Mr Akuhata-Brown for restoration by Ray Callaghan and Leonie Reedy.

Mr Callaghan said Ms Reedy bought the desk in Whirinaki a decade ago for about $100.

Ms Reedy gifted the desk to Mr Akuhata-Brown as a koha. He in turn gifted it to Mrs Stone.

“I will be looking after it and passing it on to the family,” she said.

Old furniture keeps on giving.

Furniture restorer Jason Akuhata-Brown was delighted to find a 1911 Gisborne Times behind an old mirror earlier this year but his latest discovery was even more exciting.

He and fellow furniture restorer Kenneth Johnson have returned a letter dated 1951 and found in a 1930s-era desk to the daughter of the original recipient.

Pauline Stone, of Heretaunga, was found through social media and came to Gisborne to receive the letter sent to her father Roy Lascelles.

Mr Akuhata-Brown said the letter remained unread until it was handed over to her.

It was not a love letter or anything of that nature. It was from one of Mr Lascelles’ fellow stamp collectors.

Mrs Stone was delighted to receive a letter belonging to her father, who died in 2010 at the age of 93.

“You hear about that kind of thing. I never expected it to happen,” she said. “It’s a real surprise.”

Mrs Stone said she could remember the desk in her Dannevirke home.

She believed it originally belonged to her grandparents.

Mr Johnson was stripping, sanding and restoring the desk to its former glory when he found the letter dated February 5, 1951.

The letter came from John B. Thomas of Point England, Ontario in Canada and was addressed to a Roy Lascelles of Dannevirke.

Mr Akuhata-Brown said the desk was made near the end of the Arts and Craft period and the beginning of the Art Deco movement.

The desk was bought to Mr Akuhata-Brown for restoration by Ray Callaghan and Leonie Reedy.

Mr Callaghan said Ms Reedy bought the desk in Whirinaki a decade ago for about $100.

Ms Reedy gifted the desk to Mr Akuhata-Brown as a koha. He in turn gifted it to Mrs Stone.

“I will be looking after it and passing it on to the family,” she said.

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