Life in Old South Central Alabama

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South of Birmingham, Alabama, United States
I am an antique trader in central Alabama....I love old houses... My log home was built in 1817 by my ancestors Benjamin and Hannah Harless Wilson .............. Outside the house are herb gardens and lots of pass-along plants................ No one in Alabama is in a hurry about anything......... Visitors think that the garden needs weeding and the furniture needs polishing....I am a direct descendant of Joseph Towne, whose two sisters Rebecca Towne Nurse and Mary Towne Easty were hanged in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 as witches. I am also a direct descendant of Pocahontas and husband John Rolfe.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Mint Julep Cabinet

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Mint Julep Cabinet just pulled from an old plantation house in Alabama. All original.






Inside is a cellerette for holding the liquor bottles. Under the marble top is an ornately tooled leather pull-out serving tray. I think the style is Empire-Rococo


A bit of the veneer is missing on each side where a gentleman would rest his foot. I like the authenticity of that.


This would probably date 1830s-1840s. Most likely made in New Orleans and purchased either there or in Mobile and brought "up the river" to the Black Belt region of Alabama. It's very heavy even without the marble top.



This is only the third one I have seen since going to my first auction in 1968 as a teenager. One was in Roanoke, Alabama , at the Grandview Auction a couple of years ago. The other was at the Flomaton Auction on the Gulf Coast. It's 39 inches tall and three feet wide at the top.




There are some things ( like pedal sewing machines) that I can buy and sell all day long, but I have learned to recognize that, every so often,  a keeper will come along that needs to live here for a while until the right person comes along.  Knowing the difference is sometimes tricky.


 As I have mentioned before, I don't want to be filmed for Hoarders 1860 ,  ( that's my little joke)  ,  but the reason I buy and sell antiques and collectibles is, like many of you,   buying and selling gives me the ability to upgrade what I keep


Some people have the energy to do that with houses.  They buy , restore, sell, and buy better,  then do it again, until they have worked themselves into a grand place to live.  I never had the patience for that ( many of you did), but I can do it with what goes in the house.


So,  some things I keep, and some things I take to the antique shops that I help to supply.  Of course, if someone makes me an offer I can't refuse, I'll have to let it go, but I'll be sure to take the same money and look for something else spectacular.   Anticipating that will ease the pain of departure!