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.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Empire Banquette from 1840's

 Here you see a matching pair of American Empire Banquettes from ca. 1840,  flame mahogany, serpentine crest with scroll carving, serpentine skirt, and  rear bracket feet. 
 I bought these yesterday from a consignment shop.  They had been there for a long time and the owner said they were odd and too small and no one had shown any interest in them.  I was able to conceal  my excitement.  The last pair I saw ( the only pair I had ever seen)  was priced on sale at $1800. 
American Empire furniture is not for everyone.  It's the furniture of the Old South.  It's in every plantation home I have ever been in. It was out of style by 1850 when Renaissance Revival was taking over. Then Eastlake came in from about 1870 to 1885. Then the Era of Golden Oak ran from 1880 to 1920.  My dates may be off a little but that's basically the story. 
 This was not done by a machine. 
 The upholstery...love it or leave it; an easy fix.  The only problem...how do you work two of these into a log cabin full of primitives?  Yep, put them upstairs in the secret Empire attic bedroom.   Don't tell my purist prim friends that I can't give up all my Victorian ways.  

The sun came out today so I'm airing out a rug I'm going to sell at the shop next week.  I"m looking for a worn out rug with mustard and maybe a bit of blue to replace it. That patch of green in the yard reminds me that March is on the way.  I'm glad to have lived through another winter. 


4 comments:

  1. Woo HOOO! I always get so excited when I see your Blog on my Reader!
    Are you going to keep the fabric> I admit, I really like it.
    I cannot believe you paid so little for these!
    Will you show a photo in their new habitat?

    xo


    Andie

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  2. Love the rug. My daughter has farmhouse prim decor, but an up stairs bedroom is all Victorian. You gotta do what you love! BTW Mother is till hanging in her favorite place. Love her/

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  3. My Dear Bama, I am so jealous. I have wanted a pair of these darling benches for ever. I want them at the foot of my beds. I never find them reasonable, usually at least $900 each. I am so jealous. I don't love the fabric, wrong, wrong. But you will figure it out.

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  4. I agree what a steal on the price.
    some antique material will make them sing , the wood looks wonderful

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