Weber boxes, dower chests, and frakturs, oh my! I checked two off my favorites list last week and am down to a hundred or more still on my list. Looking at this catalog is like opening a box of Girl Scout Thin Mints, how could you possibly only have one? Well I couldn’t last week and this week I am picking two again. My first choice this week has all of the bells and whistles. Great paint, great form, great surface, and well frankly it’s just plain great! Lot #183 the Pennsylvania Dutch cupboard checks off every box of must haves in great country furniture. We have all heard of “eye dazzler” rugs, well I think eye dazzler is a perfect description for this cupboard. With a boldly painted surface in red and yellow graining and smoke decorated doors with fabulous wear, this one screams “TAKE ME HOME!!!” The width of only 49” means that it will fit anywhere in your house but is still big enough to exhibit a few of your picks.
My second pick this week involves my favorite color – blue! Lot #35 just happens to have a great blue painted surface. Then throw in some very nice wrought iron hinges, a tulip hasp, and an iron band dated 1808 with initials and you have the perfect accessory for your cross-country trip in a behemoth of a Conestoga wagon. Once again, a great surface with good honest wear on this wagon box. Imagine the stories it could tell of its journey into the unknown. As the wagon ambled down the dusty trails this box probably witnessed wild black bears, buffalo stampedes, the crossing of the Mississippi River, Native American Indian tribes, the Painted Dessert, or perhaps the Donner Pass. Imagine the number of times the travelers would open this box to get out a tool to fix something on the fly. I wonder if the men hid a bottle of whiskey and snuck into the box far more often for a nip rather than a tool. I wonder if a GPS fit in there?
by: Jamie Shearer