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, March 28, 2014


Southern Pine Huntboard. The height is 42"   The one board top measures 19 1/2"  x 41".  At some point in its life it was painted green.  The story goes that hunt boards were taken outside so the men on horseback could throw their game on top on them

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pie Safe, Bookcase, Silhouettes, Hannah Davis, and Ann Rae

I am carefully scraping the paint from the tin on the pie safe.  I think the contrast makes the piece look a lot better and doesn't devalue the primitive appeal.  I've done 2 out of 6 so far.  Then I'll decide what to do with the yucky color on the rest of it. 

This lawyer's bookcase was in a Bibb County shop.  I can clean it up and sell it to someone who will appreciate it.  

I'm working on framing some silhouettes. The top middle one of the lady came in the mail and is not old.  The rest are "good." 

My Hannah Davis band box, inside lid.

Her small sticker makes a big difference in price. 

A theorem by Ann Rae.   Her work is receiving a lot of attention lately. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Primitive pine desk square nailed and holding

The pine primitive slant top/ lift top desk came out of hiding last weekend in Bibb County.  Square nailed with a few round ones added later. Brass hinges. Scrub top.  Blue-gray everything else.   Measures 36" long,  28 1/2 " tall,  16 1/2" deep. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Grain Painted Pine Primitive Washstand

It wasn't until I pulled this out of a dark corner that I realized there was grain painting all over.  Measurements are 38" long,  39" tall at high point, and 20 1/2" deep. 

I found this on my Friday search in Perry County but the seller said it was from a friend's personal collection.  I brought it to the house and haven't cleaned it yet. 

Look closely; the back is dovetailed. 

Grain painted there also. 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

My weakness for a Pie Safe

My Saturday wanderings took me to Chilton County again where I found this wonderful un-restored pie safe. Luckily the people cleaning out their grandfather's old house and barns didn't burn it as junk or haul it to the dump ( That was the plan). It measures 55 x 38 x 16. 

I removed the drawer and found the tag:  Cullman Furniture Company, Cullman, Alabama. I would guess 1920's.

In the "old days" ( the 1970's !!! ) we would have stripped, sanded, and polyurethaned. 
Today, we are supposed to use a little cleaner and leave it as is. 

Since the porch is full, I drug it into the back room.  I have two rows of furniture along the wall now. Is there a program called Antique Road Show Hoarders? I could be a segment on that.  Do I look concerned?  No! Will my estate sale be a primitive-lover's feeding frenzy one day?  Yes!

My blue beauty is still on the porch.  It is marked Selma, Alabama on the back. With its long legs ( seen in an earlier post) it is 66" high x 34" wide x 20" deep.

This one is hidden upstairs in the bathroom.  It was created from old pine boards by a local cabinet maker.  I bought it from my friend Jim before he moved to Florida. The tin features sunflowers. 

This one is also hidden upstairs at the foot of the bed.  Walnut or Mahogany. It has been "stripped" except for the doors which I propped up there for the picture.  Let's pretend it's 1975 because that green color has got to go.