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A dark and gaudy house at midnight in Alabama

So I kept some of the dough bowls in the corner cupboard that has no corner to put it in, but I didn't like the ones on top and all around. 

I added a few extra butter molds to fill the corners. 

I had some large old wooden boxes which I put above the kitchen cupboard and filled them with the other bowls. They look better there. The kitchen ceiling is 12 feet, so they are up and away from harm.

Mustard and all its cousins are my favorite colors, so this Empire couch is one of my keepers. I think at one time it may have had those round pillows on each end. I forgot what they are called.  So my sister in Fairhope sent me some nice ones from Pottery Barn. 

The leather chairs are deep green and deep blue and are the most comfortable chairs I've ever had. That's a 1780 dough box sitting between them. 

Old Paris vases on a colonial dough box. I like contrasts such as that. 

The girandoles are really nice, but everyone knows I love King's Rose and Queen's Rose porcelain. 

This iron and spelter look good together. The candlesticks should have prisms but it will take 60 to fill them, as each arm requires ten. I just haven't done that yet. I don't want to use chandelier pointed ones on them, so I'll leave them plain for now. 

Another weakness is Armand Marseille dolls.

Their porcelain rosy cheeks show up more in photographs. All are pre 1920.

My excuse is, dolls prevent people from sitting in the antique chairs. ha

The blue porcelain inspires me to have a "blue room" one day. 

I found the small ones at a different auction from the large center one.

This gothic brass/bronze stuff is very Addams family. I love it. 

See the gothic things behind the girandoles behind the King's Rose?

Old Paris sitting high on a corner cupboard. 

Butter dishes and milk pitchers on a stepback cupboard.

Larger sized mortars and pestles on a chestnut wall cupboard.

The best George Washington with an eagle frame circa 1850. 

Milk pitchers. The one in front is sitting in a redware milk bowl used to cool the milk on the farm. 

Butter molds.  

My weakness for Old Paris. I think I have a lot of weaknesses.

More Old Paris and some pink lusters.

Girandoles and some Staffordshire dogs.

Pink lusterware /  lustreware  in a flat -bottom open cupboard from Alabama.

I turned the flash up for this one. 

What's hidden behind the corner cupboard? 

Blue Staffordshire ! 

Five sets of red lusters flank the oil portrait of Evalina O'Neal Shaw.

Corner cupboard full of spoon holders from the 1880/1900 era.  Not many know about these or collect them anymore. 

"Mr. Scrooge's Bed"  Pull the curtains and you can sleep well day or night ! 
So what's hidden inside the Alabama pegged plantation corner cupboard?

Staffordshire sugar bowls on top and stoneware on the bottom.

Silhouettes and miniature paintings from the days before photography. 

My oldest piece of pottery. 

Made in North Carolina by Jacob Albright sometime before 1800. 

And what's inside the stepback cupboard?

Too much pottery.

I hope you enjoyed my little midnight tour.  Please comment if you have time. If it won't let you leave a comment, write me at and I'll post your comment if you want me to, or just read it myself if your prefer !   


  1. OH MY GOODNESS, what a midnight tour!! Loved peeking in your cupboards! I see we have a lot of the same weaknesses, but you just have more weakness then I do! lol You don't mess around when it comes to collections!!
    Of course I love the girandoles, the lusters, the Old Paris, and pink luster dinnerware! And that old piece of pottery is a treasure, wow! Take care, and happy Holy Week to you!

  2. WOW. I can't say how thrilled I am to have discovered your blog! (I came upon it via Curtains in My Tea). What a lovely tour with some really intriguing and gorgeous vintage pieces!
    Thanks so much for sharing ... I shall be back as often as you post. Now, I have to go catch up on your past postings.
    (I also love your writing style - I feel as if I've met you - so, nice to meet you!)


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