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Describe an antique piece at your home

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 250 with Model Answer:

Describe an antique piece at your home.

You should say:
  • what it is
  • how long your family has it
  • where you got it from
and explain why your family has kept it.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
Most often, people keep the antiques that they derive from their ancestors. In my family, we have a large antique wall clock in the living room. My great-grandfather had brought the clock home during the 1940s.

Timepieces are considered as one of the most important things in the present days. People need to know the time constantly and a good number of ways have been invented to know the time. People now mostly use their cell phones to know the time and there some groups who use wristwatches. But in the early days of the 19th century, most of the people used to have grand clocks at their home as timepieces. It was considered as a symbol of rich and affluence in those days. Accordingly, to prove his legacy, my great-grandfather ordered for such a clock. The clock was brought from England and still, it is in the living room of our house.

My family has been occupying the great wall clock since my grandfather died. In fact, the clock has been decorating our house since it was brought home. When the clock was brought from England, the issue became one of the most talked topics in the locality, as I heard it from my father. My great-grandfather was a man who loved to lead a luxurious life. Though he was not a landlord, his activities were often compared as with them. He always wanted the best things for use and never compromised with the issues related with comforts. I also came to know from my father that he used to ride on elephants for travelling in the parts of our locality. But now everything has been changed and accordingly we also did. With the passage of time, the environments have turned modern and we are enjoying the benefits. But the clock is still in our house and it is expected to be there as long it runs.

My family got the clock from my great grandfather and we really care for the clock. This has become an integral part of our everyday life. The clock is placed in the living room of our house, in Tamil Nadu in India. We, in fact, take pride with the clock. The clock is made from the finest woods and the pendulum is made of light metal. It is a giant clock with a height of around six feet. This is an amazing clock and the clock body looks beautiful for its natural colour. The clock body weights around 15 pounds. Besides the body is burnished once in a year and thus it always looks glossy. Moreover, the visitors of our house also praise the clock. The wood that has been used to make the clock is still in its finest state and there are no damages found on the inner or outer parts of the body. However, the inside mechanisms have been repaired several times as the clock stopped working.

My family believes in traditions. The grand clock is also a symbol of tradition to us. Consequently, the family has been preserving the clock. Before the death of my great-grandfather, he assigned my grandfather for preserving the clock after his absence. So, my grandfather had preserved the clock and similarly made my father responsible for the protection of the clock. As part of the legacy, the antique clock is now at our home. I think the clock’s responsibility would come upon me as I am the only son among the three children of my parents. Preserving the clock is not a big deal. It requires an annual servicing and the servicing cost is also at the minimal level.

Cue Card Answer 2:
It is interesting for me to discuss the antique pieces I have at home. I have a large dining table at my homemade with the woods from the oak. My family has been using the table for over 40 years.
The table still looks brand new with its dark brown colour and interestingly, there is not a single damage is found on the table. The dining table was made during the 1970s with an antique look and now has really become an antique piece. It is now used for dining all the times and can accommodate 10 members at a time. But I have only six members of the family and thus we do not need to use all the chairs unless there are guests at our home.

My family has been using the table for around 40 years from the day it was brought to the home. It was difficult to accommodate the table inside the small house of my grandfather. Then some extensions were made to the house only to accommodate the dining table. The table with its antique look takes a notable amount of space to be housed inside the dining room. Earlier, the dining space was smaller and after the table was brought in, some of the parts of the house were renovated and extra space was created for the table. Since then, the table is in the same place as it was kept by my grandfather.

The woods were collected by my grandfather and he was selective in this case. He liked the wooden furniture and arranged for the finest wood so that the furniture could be durable than the other things. He was right and still the other furniture like the beds, sofas, the dining table is on the same look. As he wanted to make something different, he invested lots of money and time to make the table. He hired the carpenters and showed them the table design. It took around two weeks to complete the table. Being a perfectionist, my grandfather did everything with great care. The table was not an exception to that. My family is also happy with the table now for its unique look and continuous service without any repair works.

My family is still using the table for its top-notch condition and capacity. This is a spacious table with a length and width of around 9 by 3.5 feet. All the chairs are heavy and decorated with antique designs. Since the table is in a good state, all the family members decided to use the table until there is any notable damage occurs or any repair is needed. They are of the view that the table will also go for twenty years more without any trouble. Besides, the table is a token of my grandfather who died seven years back. Considering all the issues, the table is still in the house and serving my family whenever it is needed. Additionally, the antique look of the table has really made it an antique piece in the adjacent locality and among our neighbours.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe an antique piece at your home." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue cards topics as well:

  • Describe something which is important to you. 
  • Describe something that your family has kept for a long. 
  • Describe something you have in your home. 
  • Describe a furniture you have. 
  • Describe something valuable you or your family own. 
  • Describe an old object that you have at home.

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