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Lady Portrait in large oval gold frame

Signed and dated CH Kreiner (?) above woman's left shoulder. The lady in red measures with the frame a large 30 x 36.  The colors are vibrant with no chipping or peeling.   Sold

Empire Commodes and Petticoat Table

The commodes have lift tops and the bottom steps pull out.   The Petticoat table is 33 inches tall and 36 inches long.   I have them hidden upstairs in my room.  I have about 6 commodes. They have different carpet or linen or velvet fabrics.  

Old Paris Inkwells

I've taken an interest in Old Paris ink wells lately.  I have bought three.  I think there is a collection growing in these.   This one is what one would expect in Old Paris. One container is for the ink and the other is for the pounce ( or "sand" )  to dry the ink on the paper.   This one has a place for the man's pocket watch to rest at night. The two containers are missing.  I am sure I can find replacements. This one is complete with a family crest.  Here are the parts taken out...inks with pounce container in the middle. 

Grandmother's Nabisco Cracker Tin

I remember this tin sat in my grandmother's kitchen as least as far back as the 1970's....on top of her cabinets.   

Lost Lusterware Sailing Ship Pitcher

UPS in Pittsburg lost my Lusterware ship pitcher. I don't want the refund...I want my pitcher !  Whoever got it by mistake probably has no idea what it is or how old it is ! 

Young Man Tintype with signs of War

Those stripes down his pants show the influence of the cavalry. Their uniform included stripes such as that down the outside of the pants. 

Mystery Football Player

I purchased this 16 x 20 oval wall size football player from an on-line auction. I like the happy look of the guy and the date of the photo seems to be perhaps the era 1910 to 1930ish.   I want to know if anyone can tell me what the billboard behind him says.  The first word might be CURTIS ?  but maybe not.   Any guesses or hints, please post or write me at 

Jesse Wilson and the founding of the town we call Montevallo

Lucretia Wilson Cunningham,  niece of Jesse Wilson, and wife of planter Joseph H. Cunningham. Her parents were Benjamin and Hannah ( Harless) Wilson of Montevallo. Benjamin was Jesse's brother and my great great great great grandfather. He remained in Montevallo as did several of his descendants down to myself.  Note: My cousin, a direct descendant of Jesse Wilson, is sending me a photography of his son William Wilson ( mentioned in the article below..he moved to Coosa County, and William's wife Ann Harkins, daughter of Andrew Harkins.  I will put them here as soon as I get them! )  Traditionally, in the South, when we speak of the founder of a town, we cite the name of the first male settler, as if he is the only one who made the effort and thus gets all the credit. We know that the place now called Montevallo was the home for hundreds of years of Native American people, as the fresh water springs, the rocky creek, and the fertile fields were ideal for settlement. But

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 a