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, July 30, 2016

Meeks basin stand

A good friend stopped me from making a big mistake and selling this marble top basin stand.  He recognized it as by Meeks. 

It looks good surrounded by the rosewood chairs from the Marion sale last spring.  I also bought some lustres and Old Paris and other vases and had no where to put them so they are there for now.

The carving on the inside of the upper leg is a Meeks characteristic.  Some of the Old South big name furniture makers include Meeks, Belter, Prudent Mallard of New Orleans,  and Mitchell and Rammelsberg of Cincinnati (they made the furniture in the Lincoln Bedroom at the White House).  I also love all the parlor sets made by John Jelliff.


I am looking for correct casters to elevate the table. The caster marks are under the feet. That seems like a small thing but will make a very big difference once they are restored. 

1 comment:

  1. I always wondered why they put casters on all the furniture from that era? was it to make it easier to move around ?
    All your items are charming and beautiful and refreshing to see after all the white chippy furniture that I like these days and see everywhere

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