Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Early Pie Safe... Can You Tell?

{don't look at all of the dog and cat hair, and dust...all of my furniture, in the house has 'hairy paw feet', a perfectionist I am, on some things, house keeping, well used to be, today, ah, not so much....} I bought this old pie safe, last year... from a wonderful home, near Davenport, Iowa... My friend Dale, scratched his head when I paid 60.00 for it... and I know, he thought I was crazy... It has wonderful hand punched tins, and is from the mid 1800's... Why do you think, he thought 60.00, was way too much? Well, it had no doors, or drawer... It was just a case.... I brought it home, and John built the drawer, and found two, wonderful mid 1800's, hand champhored doors, in storage, {that I get yelled at, all the time for dragging these old parts home, and they lay around for years, in the way... until you need them... Try going to the lumber yard, and buying 1840's, hand champhored, pegged doors... or having them built... $$$$}, John took the doors apart, trimmed them to fit, re-champhored, and re-pegged, to fit the old pie safe, and then matched the original paint... I was going to take it to a show... but I had to keep it... All the lumber he used, was from the same time period, as the old pie safe... I love it... When John repairs pieces like this, and I have them for sale, I always disclose all of the repairs... Most people wouldn't ever know... I don't apologise for them, at all... These pieces have been saved... Like the Phoenix Bird, brought back from the ashes... John has many hours, in this piece... Not bad work, for a Guy, who couldn't build our kids a toy box, years ago... He's a talented Man...

3 comments:

Kay said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! He did a great job! I also have to thank you for the laugh..."Hairy pawed feet"...we have lots of those in our house too. :)

cconz said...

Great pie safe barb, Oh, do i know about squirling away scrape wood and furniture parts. You never know when you might need it.Bill has pulled out many things from the heap to fix a piece. He also will say, SEE!

Kim said...

WAY COOL!!!