Many years ago, I dealt with an antique dealer/friend who always had a list from me for her pickers.
You know, the days before eBay and the internet . . . Waaaay back when.
About 30 years ago, I had a list for the pickers that included a blanket chest.
I wanted to use that chest for a coffee table . . . one that had lots of character and imperfections
that would withstand the abuse of lots of teenage boys with their feet up.
Even though I only had one son, there were lots of his friends around.
I got a call one day saying a blanket chest just came into the shop and I had “first dibs!”
Here is the blanket chest, shown last Spring, in the guest room.
I love its patina and its many imperfections which include nail holes at the edge of the lid.
I was told by the antique dealer that people often nailed these chests down when they were in transit.
When I agreed to purchase this chest, the shop owner said that there was a bit of a bonus that came
with the chest. She then handed me a bag filled with letters, photos and other documents.
The shop owner did not want to leave these in the chest for fear that they would grow legs!
I was thrilled . . . a history of this chest . . . it was like “if blanket chests could talk!”
The earliest document was dated 1899 . . . many letters dated in the early 1900’s.
This letter had a pretty funny statement. . . A letter from a son to his parents . . . It reads:
“We are going to have a time in June. Praise God. She is going to be married in white.”
So many great photographs, like this one taken at the Buffalo Zoo.
Including quite a few tin type photographs.
Love this one of a baby.
There were quite a few cancelled checks dating from 1905 to 1915 and the funny part is that
they were all written in pencil, yes pencil. Most of them for less than $2.00.
From all of the letters and documents, the patriarch was a pastor and seems as if his sons followed
in his footsteps.
So many wonderful photographs, documents, and letters that came in this antique chest.
I so wished the photographs were documented with names.
And until the other day, I realized that this chest may have been destined for me.
As I read a letter and the saw a familiar name mentioned in it.
Part of this letter reads, “Our Revival begins on the Hill Top about the 20th of this month.
I rather think Bro. Standley will be having it.”
Standley?….that’s me…my maiden name!….Now I am wondering if he was a relative!??
Cue the Twilight Zone theme song . . . doo-doo-doo-doo doo-doo-doo-doo!
Yes, I definitely feel that the blanket chest found me!
Have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Valentine’s Day!
And speaking of wonderful and happy . . .
On Wednesday, I presented to you a most wonderful way to access your favorite bloggers through a new
mobile app for iPhone and iPad users (Androids coming soon).
You can read about the details and see a fabulous video about this home and garden mobile app HERE.
It is truly amazing!
I am joining:
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
From My Front Porch To Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
Miss Mustard Seed for Furniture Feature Friday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday