Featured Member Antiques: June 14 Morning

Good Morning from Dusty.  It's about time for us to hit the road for our usual Saturday roaming through little towns "on the hunt".  We hope that you're going to have a good day, too.  If you get out and about and come home with some "finds", we'd love to see them on our Facebook page at Dusty Old Thing.  We'll post ours, too. 

Meanwhile, here are a few things from our readers that caught our attention.  We always love seeing family pieces and hearing the stories that go with them.  We also love seeing how family treasures from the past are still used. 

Our thanks go to Bill, Patricia and Anita for sharing them with us all. 

from: Patricia Meacham Udstuen: "This doll was purchased in October of 1861 by James Gabriel Yancey (my great grandfather) to give to his little sister as he left to report for duty in the 17th Ky. Regiment of the union Army. The outfit the doll wears is a copy of her original clothes. I still have the original clothes,but they are not in good shape."

We'd like to thank Patricia for sharing this photo and story with us.  We can all imagine the scene of her great-grandfather purchasing the doll and giving it to his little sister before going to fight in the Civil War.  We really like that her clothes were copied.  We like the "Grandmother's Flower Garden" quilt, too! 

from: Anita Dingman: "The rolling pin, pastry board and cooling rack were my great grandmother's. I still use them all the time....Notice how wide he board is. It is ONE piece of wood-must have been a gigantic tree!"

We all know that food tastes better when made with our grandmother's or great-grandmother's utensils!  Anita's big pastry board and rolling pin are typical of those found in homes over 100 years ago and may be much older.  Many were homemade.  The large ones like Anita's are harder to find now, probably because many were discarded when families purchased Hoosier cabinets with their smaller, integrated pastry boards.  The cooling rack is wonderful and something we rarely see. 

from: Bill Shawn Harper: "This is a door taken off an old shanty we have in the woods....we repurposed a post from my husbands Great Grandparents house for the flower box. Both pieces are somewhere around 80 years old at least."

Generally we grimace with "re-purposing" but love Bill's.  It's a good example of taking architectural items that likely would not be used again for their intended purpose and making something lovely out of them... without destroying the original form.  Too many times old doors of this style and plain posts end up on the trash heap.  We love seeing them retained and reused.  Doors like these also can be used inside to form part of a folding screen or, if in good condition and if you have enough, as a form of paneling or dado under a chair rail.  They're the perfect backdrop, too, for a collection of antique doorknobs!

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