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!


GerryART said...

Patti, Hubby and I love oak.

What will it's ultimate use be?


Zoey said...

It's always a thrill to get a better deal than you originally thought. It is a beautiful piece and, I am sure, will be even more so when the Blacksmith gets his talented hands on it.

Marge said...

Extreme jealousy! Beautiful piece of furniture. Can't wait to see it all spiffed up!

Deanna said...

That is a wonderful piece! So cool that it had the original tag on it and that you were able to find some history. The similar piece we have sitting in our kitchen was signed by the carpenter. Ironically, it came from Fulton too!

Lise said...

What a beautiful piece! Nothing like a great find and bargain:)

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a find Patti - a beautiful piece and a wonderful investment too. blessings, marlene

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Yikes, how lucky are you!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Another beauty, and I love the piece o' MO history behind it!! -Tammy