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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday

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ColoradoLady hosts Vintage Thingies Thursday and this is the second week I've remember to play along. Wonders never cease! -smile-

~ Thistle Cove Farm kitchen mantle ~

We live in an old frame farmhouse, built on the site of the original brick house. The brick house burned Christmas 1899 and in Spring 1900, our home was begun of poplar trees felled on the farm. The farm was much more extensive in acreage then, several thousand acres, and had forests as well as cleared pastures and this house, stables, barns and other outbuildings and storage structures.

In every room there's a fireplace for heat but not all of them are now working. In the kitchen, we do have a working fireplace outfitted with gas logs. The wormy chestnut mantle is out of another old farmhouse and said to be well over 100 years old.

The mantle has a collection of vessels near and dear to my heart. On the far right, there's an old salt cellar that Grandmother Bennett used in her kitchen. I believe she received it as a wedding gift in the early 1900's. My few pieces of Shawnee corn pottery are next and include a mug, sugar dish with lid and a creamer. I adore Shawnee corn pottery; it always makes me smile. The next two pieces, the pink vase and the green vase, are Hall pottery. Next to the green Hall vase is an pretty little unmarked pitcher my Beloved Sistah found at an antique shop.

In the middle of the mantle are three Hall pitchers, a large green and a large yellow as well as the sweetest little green pitcher that's the exact same as the large green...just smaller.Next to those pitchers is a small Italian pitcher and the green, squatty pitcher is another prize from Grandmother Bennett. Again, I believe it's a wedding gift when she and Granddaddy were married.

Perhaps I should take a photo of the center of the mantle so you can see things better. Tomorrow, okay? My eyes are really bothering me right now.

~ kitchen mantle ~

The two pieces between the old Aladdin lamp and Grandmother's green pitcher are Bedouin made. Dave bargained for them in a small shop in Marrakesh and, when the deal was completed, both Dave and the shop owner were well pleased. I think the shop owner was well pleased because Dave did pay Something for the pieces; the shop owner was adamant food was being taken from the mouths of his children but Dave held firm. As in a lot of world areas, bargaining is both a skill and an art in the Middle East and Dave has always "done himself proud" as they say around here. He's good at bargaining, some call it haggling, and to watch him in action is a thing of beauty indeed. Well Done!

The Aladdin lamp came from Daddy's side of the family but I can't remember where. I do know it's old, early 1900's, perhaps late 1800's, I'm really not sure.

Above the mantle is a copy of the The Gleaners by Jean-Francois Millot. Although the 1857 original is an oil painting, this is a sepia lithograph and the original now hangs in the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. It drew fantastic criticism when first unveiled because it offended the middle and upper classes. Perhaps they didn't realize even cake comes from flour...? I adore our lithograph and think it's totally appropriate in our farmhouse kitchen.

Until next time,

Blessings ~ country farmhouse ~ The Gleaners ~ well loved pottery and other pieces ~ 


  1. Your pottery collection is AMAZING!! You should be very proud. Thank you for sharing that lovely story.



  2. You have an amazing pottery collection, however the story of your home had me must take more pictures of your beautiful home and post.....I love the idea each room has a fireplace...Happy VTT!

  3. A really lovely vintage collection Sandra. I've started my own collection of what I call jugs. Is that what pitchers are? For pouring cream or gravy eg?

  4. How amazing to live in such an old place and know it's history. Your collection is very nice, I love the pitchers.

  5. Grand pottery collection on display in your home. It is even better that you have some history for many of them. Have you considered writing the history on paper and sticking it into each piece so future generations might know?

    I am sorry to hear your eye is still bothering you. Maybe today it will be not feeling pain and by next week you will forget it.

  6. hope you feel better. I would love working fireplaces in every room.

  7. You have such a lovely pottery collection Sandra and I love learning the history of homes. Yours sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing yours. How I would love to have a working fireplace in my kitchen, how cozy.

  8. Lovely collection and stories! I too would enjoy seeing more pictures of your collection(s)and home. Sorry your eye is bothering you.

  9. I love reading stories and yours is one. Thanks for sharing happy weekend!

    My VTT is here

  10. Your pottery collection is really wonderful! I would love to see more pictures of your home too, because the story of how your home was burned and then reborn is really interesting!
    Happy VTT and have a great weekend!

  11. Beautiful collection, Sandra! Haggling is an art form. I'm getting better at it. The first time I had to haggle was in Mexico. I was much younger and didn't do so hot. This past spring, however, I found myself haggling in India. You know what? I loved it! It was so much fun. I still got ripped off I'm sure, but I'm proud of myself! I've heard if you can bargain in the Middle East, you're a pro!

    Happy Weekend,

    PS: Still praying those eyes get better quickly! There's too many gorgeous Christmas lights out there to miss!!

  12. must take more pictures of your beautiful home and post.....I love the idea each room has a fireplace...Happy

    Work from home India


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