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.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

See anything you like?


We had a sunny day so I made a few pictures of the front room.  The only treatment I've ever used on the floors was boiled linseed oil about 20 years ago. 
I'm still learning about crocks. Most of these are out of Bibb and Perry County.  I'm looking for a brown/mustard rug to replace the one under the table.  It's too new and too red.
This is my latest mule chest.  The unusual thing about it is that the inside till is on the right rather than on the left.  My cousin noticed this and said he had never seen one with the till on the right.
This is a view inside the cupboard.  I open the doors only for photographs, or for the curious who want a look inside.
I've grown to appreciate the grey painted dry sink.   The chair to the right has turned legs in the sausage pattern. Wallace Nutting calls it a mushroom chair.  The legs have lost several inches since 1680.
The dough bowls are in a 5-board box.  90% of the on-line dough bowls are repros,  new, or fakes. The worst fakes have tin nailed to the inside or outside as a "repair."
The camera flash causes the dull milk paint to appear bright red.
The dough bowl on the bottom is probably my earliest one ca. 1780.  The round one on top has a nice warp.
This pattern is popularly called The Fisherman's Hut.
A view of my Christmas Tree...dried orange slices.  Is that primitive enough?

I found this beauty a couple of weeks ago.  The seller is in Michigan and named him Dapple-in-Alabama. He is a Whitney Reed ca. 1905


2 comments:

  1. I dream of a country Christmas as you have shown us here. Wonderful!Richard from My Old Historic House

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  2. Beautiful furniture. You have a lot of wonderful pieces. BTW Good to see you posting.

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