Thursday, June 28, 2012
A bit of history
I am really proud of this purchase. The quarter sawn oak is just beautiful! The blacksmith (aka furniture re-finisher) has decided he really wants to remove the shiny varnish. It will eventually be sanded and sealed with a satin polyurethane finish.
When we got it home and unloaded, look what we found on the back of it!!
I then sent an email to a friend (Hi Esther!) who is on the historical committee in Fulton. She referred me to Barb who is the curator at the historical society.
So I sent Barb an email with photos of the chiffrobe. Here is her reply: "You have a beautiful piece of furniture. I find the Martin-Herndon-Taylor business listed in the 1919 Atlas. It had been the Dutton-Herndon firm in 1913. In 1926, Martin was out of the group and the name was changed with another partner Blattner. It was located at 9 West 5th. The building is still standing."
That makes this piece real close to being a hundred years old! Amazing to find the tag on it. This week on the Antique Roadshow on PBS, the Keno twins talked about how much more valuable a piece is with the original tag.
I sure hope the seller didn't see that show. She might just want to come back for more money!