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Coca Cola Ice Boxes for inside a store

I swapped some farm equipment for two Coca-Cola ice boxes from an old store. 
I do not think they ever had a motor but actually used ice. 

The bottom section seems to be where the boxes of drinks were stored. 
I am sure they were never stored or used outside.
Measurements are approx. 33 1/2 " high;  25" deep; and 41" long. 

There are no lids present. One still has the rubber gasket around the top.
Apparent storage for drink boxes. 
There is a hose connector beneath the top box to drain the ice water. 

The color is very vibrant still. 





Louis Wolf Company Doll

My latest doll purchase comes from an auction in East Rochester, NY.  She arrived safely and is sitting happily among the Armand Marseilles and Heinrich Handwerck dolls.  Only the really experienced and fanatic doll collectors would spot her as a solo representation among the crowd. 
 But the back of the neck identifies her.   Louis Wolf operated four factories in old Germania: in Thuringia, Barvaria, Sonneberg, and Nurnberg. These beauties were sold in the United States via New York City and Boston importers. 
 She is about 19 inches tall.
 Her hands are complete with no broken fingers.  I did find out that sometimes Wolf used Armand Marseille heads on his dolls. 
I plan on leaving her "as is" and let her take her place among the others. She has that look of dignity  that only Victorian dolls can achieve.

Two Paintings. Why did I buy these?

I bought two painting this week at auctions.  Most will understand why I bought this one. It measures 20 x 24 and is framed. I really like the sunrise/sunset and the little men on the water who are supposed to be going eeling.  I think a close up of their boat will show the ell catching equipment.  The entire painting looks so Victorian to me and I think I will love it when it gets here. I paid $123 for it plus shipping.  I think that was cheap for what I am getting. 
 This second painting....I don't know why I liked this but I do.  It  is Italian, 19th century, a cherub who appears to be floating in the air.  
 You can see a piece of the canvas is missing, but I can glue a new piece on the back and paint it to match. That's about all the restoration it needs from me.  What I do can be undone later by someone with the skills and knowledge to sew in the linen and properly fix it. 
I only paid $70 for this one and I don't know what size it will be, as that was not included in t…

Staffordshire Dogs

I won two pairs of 19th century Staffordshire dogs today. The above pair are 9 1/2 inches tall and 7 inches wide each.  They are green with gold lusters and have lockets, chains, and collars. They have blue eyes with a pink underglaze.   One can tell the 19th century Staffordshire dogs from the recent ones because they have firing holes instead of casting holes.  Firing holes let the gases out while in the kiln.  Also, the older ones are made in press molds instead of slip molds. 

Modern pieces have holes in them about the size of a dime.  Both dogs in modern pieces will be the same height.  Older pieces may have one dog a bit larger than the other. 

Finally,  older pieces have some hand painting on the back, while newer pieces have only occasional bits of painting on the back. This pair measures 10 inches tall and about 6 inches wide each.  They also sport lockets, collars, and chains and have separated front legs. 
The experts at Fusco Auctions in Willoughby,  Ohio  have taught me all o…

Anna Melick, age 12, Albany Rural Cemetery

I've had this painting for a while and never noticed on the back the pencil writing in the upper left hand corner. Tonight , after about an hour of trial and error, I was able to positively identify her. 
She was only 12 when she died. I thought she looked older. 
Her name is Anna Melick.  She and her parents lived in Albany, New York. Her father is James H. Melick and her mother is Ruth Ann Melick.  Anna was born 1 January 1858 and died 25 February 1870.  She is buried in Albany Rural Cemetery in Albany, New York.  Her (typed much later) death card says she died of "rheumatism," which I thought was odd for a 12 year old. I suspect the original hand written 1870 document read "rheu" and the 1920's typist misinterpreted the abbreviation.  It was probably rheumatic fever.

The back of the painting says  " Anna Melick Daughter of  James H.and Ruth A. Melick Died Feb 25th 1870 Aged 12 Buried in Albany Rural Cemetery "   This was fading and not easy to rea…

Alabama peach cobbler

So one of my friends cooked up this homemade peach cobbler.  I didn't get any but he did send me a pic of it just before he ate it!  He is over 2 hours away so he is forgiven for not sharing.  I know I  would have wanted seconds and thirds.