Since I’ve Seen You Last

Little Chair

The heavy child’s chair and footstool, which some may remember, sold today. I think I had it for over a year which is too long for a space this small. I could have sold it many times, but no one wanted to pay 300.00 for it and I had to get that.  Note to self: Don’t do that again. I held out and this wonderful antique will live on with another lucky little girl.
Closeup Birdseye

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My friends, Margaret and Kevin, gave me this Empire Birdseye maple beautiful piece.  All I had to do was sand it and put an absolutely flat clear sealer on the top. If you would like to see what Birdseye looks like close up, I think you can click or double-click the image.

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I found an entire bedroom suite of this furniture a couple of weeks ago. I bought it from the great-grandson of the original owner. It was his grandmother’s bedroom suite in Milwaukee in the 1920s. It is solid mahogany with all sorts of fancy veneers and hand-painted flowers. Each piece, except the bed,  has  jewelry inserts of glass and mahogany and polished glass protectors. The little knobs on the interior boxes are sterling silver.

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The dressing table and mirror sold immediately. The original needlepoint cream-colored seats on the bench for the end of the bed and the dressing table chair are spotless. Can you imagine?  This well cared for furniture was wearing, however,  96 years of coal soot, wax and every day embedded dust.

I used New Life Furniture Mask on it, as I did on the mahogany book cabinet shown above.

The last of the zinnias are blooming now. I put bowls full of zinnias all over the shop. I made a little lamp, last week, out of three lamps. The marble base, the porcelain figurine and column and the hobnail glass ball were all in a lamp parts basket.

Newby, Nippersink Library Cat, Richmond, IL
Newby,  Nippersink Library Cat, Richmond, IL

Our library in town houses a slightly famous library cat.  The July 21st, 2016,  edition of The Chicago Tribune, ran a story reporting that Newby is one of the last two remaining library cats in service in the state of Illinois. Library cats have been a time-honored tradition since the days when libraries and universities kept them to stop rodents from damaging books. Their jobs are dwindling quickly as people with allergies want their removal and some surveys report that 30% of people have allergies.

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Picking up furniture yesterday, I stopped to look at the long rows of corn drying in the fields. The fields seem endless. It was overcast and the cornstalks appeared to be rattling their bones.  October…this is  the season where we begin to get cozy for winter and have fun with Halloween. I begin to read mysteries in October and listen to scary stories on old-time radio.  I haven’t turned the heat on yet as there will be more warm, soft days. An old, soft cotton blanket to wrap up in at night is all I need.

I began this in September and October 1 is tomorrow. It is so nice to send a word out to you all, what ever your season is and  where you are.

Ginene

Fox and Finch

Richmond, IL, USA

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Ginene Nagel

Fox and Finch Antiques is my 16-year-old shop housed in a 1890 bank building in Richmond, Illinois. I live above the shop in a space with 11 foot ceilings, big windows and a 17 stair daily commute. Richmond is a pretty little town 16 miles south of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. There are charming historic houses, a wooden bridge and the wonderful Prairie Trail runs just past my back door.

32 thoughts on “Since I’ve Seen You Last”

  1. Ginene, those pieces of furniture take my breath away, they’re so beautiful! To be able to purchase from the gr-grandson of the original owner….such a rarity, no less than that of their condition, oh my gosh! Sterling knobs?? I’m making a note of that product (NLFM) – hadn’t heard of it, thank you. And that bird’s eye maple – stunning. Glad you sold that little chair, I know the feeling, but it was gorgeous, glad you held out. Finally, we’re seeing a cooldown, but it’s been very, very slow to come this year. I’m welcoming it. Love your description of the corn rattling. Enjoy the season.

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  2. So much to enjoy, here, Ginene. I had followed the story of the little chair and footstool: glad you held out and it finally found a home. And speaking of fashioning lamps out of parts….I did a lot of that once (out of necessity when we acquired a little beach house in addition to our regular digs and had no furnishings for it…I used to buy interesting defunct lamps for a dollar or less at yard sales, rewire them, polish, paint, design new shades, etc. and had a grand time doing it as a craft. Then there are the zinnias….who doesn’t love the zinnias, especially at this time of year? They do perk things up.. And of course the cat…I didn’t know that about library cats. Interesting that Newby is almost all black…..Hallowe’en anyone?

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  3. I think light is the most important element in a room so I like making lamps, trying different light bulbs and, especially, I like vintage lampshades. Do you have a favorite lamp to write under?

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      1. Actually I do have a favorite lamp, Ginene, but not for writing. It stands on my bedside table. (It did so even when I was only three and living in the home of my grandparents.) It’s a small lamp (stands about 12″ tall) with a very small bulb in it and has most often been used almost as a nightlight. I rescued it from my grandfather’s home when he died. There was a little paper tab attached to the the bottom with yellowing scotch tape that said “bought in 1929” in my grandfather’s handwriting. (He owned an upscale furniture store and often bought unusual things from here and abroad to have in his own home.) Anyway, this little lamp—I have not researched its provenance. It is all glass and a heavy kind of metal….like lead or cast iron with a worn-away gilding. The shade is a cylinder of metal frame and filigree supporting opaque white glass. The filigree is a design of leaves and flowers all around on the glass. I really must learn more about it. Maybe I’ll send you a photo sometime…..

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        1. Yes, Cynthia, a photograph would be nice to see, but the best way to find out where it came from is to look around for a name or company. Sometimes, the company name is inside the lamp, underneath the felt bottom if there is one. I use a magnifying glass or a jewelers loupe to go over edges, rims, sides, even the off on switch of lamps to find names. Some companies made their own switches, too. Send me a photograph anytime.
          Ginene

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  4. These are beautiful pieces, Ginene…I’m not an expert by any means but they deserve to be loved and cherished for many more centuries! Do you ever miss something when it’s gone?

    Very interesting about the Library Cats. Again, had no idea. I must be living under a rock.

    We are having a lot of rain and I’m bemoaning the fact that I didn’t do more outdoor cleanup earlier. We did need the rain so I’m not going to complain too loudly. I love to feel a bit of a chill in my house…that’s the time to make a fire and pull on some thick socks. My husband is the complete opposite, he cranks on the heat and complains like he’s ninety years old!

    Happy Fall to you, my friend. I think you have the right idea of chipping away at a blog post. I think I may do that as I’ve dwindled down to one every week or so. Then I feel they are too long. Editing pics takes the longest amount of time. Well, with winter on the way, a stack of good books, tons of comfort food recipes awaiting and two grandchildren on the way, I have to squeeze it in somehow!

    Take care. Meaning to get up your way one of these days. I’ll give you fair warning! :)

    Jane x

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    1. Yes, there are lots of things I would like to keep, but the more that goes through my hands, the less I remember! Congratulations on two grandchildren arriving. That is so beautiful. Pure joy-someone new to love. I am happy.
      Ginene

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  5. I didnt know that about library cats cool! I have 2 working barn cats on my farm n they sure earn their keep. Love the boy scouts cover my whole family were in those programs. Listening to scary stories on old time radio sounds delicious as we close in on Halloween…do tell where you catch these Thanks!☺ Kari

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    1. Hi Kari, That is one of my favorite New Yorker covers and there are so many great ones when drawn by illustrators. How I find the scary old-time radio stations is just by googling “old time radio scary Halloween” and they come up in the search. There are so many old time radio sites now that I use a different one every time, I think. They can also be downloaded for podcasts on gadgets…fun when you are walking through the fog. Ha!

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    1. Hi Derrick, Yes, I noticed that. I changed my WordPress theme and I must not have that perk with this theme. Thanks for telling me because I couldn’t enlarge it and wondered if others experienced that, also.

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  6. I had never heard of a library cat before I read your post. How interesting! And your zinnias are gorgeous…my favorite flower. I love to read your posts. They are so interesting and your photos are marvelous.

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  7. Hi Ginene! What a beautiful furniture set. You did a fantastic job on the book cabinet. You turned me on to New Life Furniture Mask when I was trying to rid a 3 over 2 dresser of cigarette smoke smell. It was great advice and I now swear by that product! :) Just like your other readers, I’d never heard of a “library cat” either. I wouldn’t want anyone to suffer; but what a neat idea. I hope you have a gentle fall.
    Joanne

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    1. Hi Joanne, I found out something else about New Life, after using it for 12 years. I don’t know if you use the moisturizer. I used to use it when I dusted. Nope! If you put it on right after using the furniture mask, I mean, immediately after you wipe off the mask, it makes the wood look like the day it was made into furniture. Might not be what everyone wants, but there it is. I never use it to dust now. I spoke to the stepson of the original inventor in Texas and he said it was never meant to use when dusting. It is for ending the action of the Furniture Mask and for filling in scratches, etc. etc. Would you post another picture of the puppy soon?

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  8. Yaaaayyyyy!I’m happy to hear the child’s chair sold..it was a beautiful piece..but girlfriend that bed set was a draw dropper…oooo my God..I do I do I do so love that…it would a keeper for me,but I would sit on it till I got what I wanted…it’s an exquisite set.. I’m glad see all is well with you….thanks for keeping up up with us

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  9. Me, too, Kim, and I didn’t sell the gentlemen’s dresser to a man who said he was going to paint it last week. The family wanted it sold as a set, I told them that I didn’t think I would be able to do that because people aren’t matching furniture now. The family has furniture sets in antique shops around Stoughton and those dealers had to call them and ask it they could break up sets. But, I won’t sell it to anyone who is going to paint it. I don’t understand that thought process. I’m all for painting furniture that has a finish that is ruined and can’t be restored. So much can be restored now with the correct products. But if it has to be stripped, it is ruined, then paint to keep it in service.

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  10. Ginene, I love reading your posts because I never know what to expect! The pictures bring your story tidbits to life! Thanks for sharing your passion for restoration and finding the right owner for what you sell! (This is personal, I can tell!)

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  11. It feels extremely nice, Ginene, to catch your reflections on October in the background of exquisite pieces of antique furniture and the deft makeovers they received in your creative hands, be it the child’s stuffed chair and footstool, the table and dressing mirror or the book cabinet. The mention of library cat is a real novelty as I have not come across one in the libraries in this part of the world. Stay well dear friend…

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  12. Yes, I am also very like old things, I appreciate them for what they are after my parents and grandparents. I admire when someone is able to revive and keep them at home, they have a soul and a beautiful memories. I’m sorry, bad English. hugs Anna

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      1. Good evening.
        I also use Google translator is getting better and today, it is possible to understand and have friendships with many people in the world. I like people with a casual relationship and love concrete talks. I am pleased hugs Anna

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