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Here are the other pictures. I apologise for the quality of some of them. I put a few more of the Vineyard, and one of our stairs. These stairs are just opposite our front door. You can see the chimney at the top. Some of the larger houses had another set of stairs going down to the kitchen, ours never did, but our house kept getting bigger out the back, as more sections got added. The old upstairs stayed the same.

And here is another picture of my sea-chest. I can imagine Matthews scratching his head and wondering why anyone would want such an old thing.. Maybe he had one like it, where he kept his spare underdrawers, (not fancy like Oldroyds.) This one is joined on the sides, and it is made out of solid sheets of wood, the width of long ago trees, wider than we let trees today get to be. The hinges are simple, and all the corners of it have worn to round. The wood is soft when you touch it, like satin.  The top is cracked. I don't mind, I can mend it.

My brother says I am doting on material things-- but i love it. It is plain insde, with one little shelf, where you can keep small items. The rope handles are still sturdy enough to work too. The UPS lady and I used them.

I also included the photo of the painting that I cleaned with the bread. It is the landscape. The other picure is one my mom gave me years ago. It appears to be mids coming aboard, but it is not in English and I am not very sure what is going on.

The canes in the photo have ivory handles-- one is carved to look like a woman's leg. The foot has tiny toes. They seem rather flimsy for walking sticks. There were more robust versions around the old house too-- but they have disappeared over the years. These were probably harder to sell, because of the ivory tops.


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Aug. 25th, 2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
I love your pictures. All of them.
Aug. 25th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks-- I know you understand about old things. I find a delight in using something old, that has been through many hands before mine. It gives a feeling of connection, a sense of having a place to belong...
Aug. 25th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
A lot of history in the pics and the objects/places depicted.
Couldn't tell very much about the ship board picture, except that I'd place it mid 19th century or so. Almost reminds me of some of the prints that used to exist (probably still do) that showed USN uniforms at various times in history.
Aug. 25th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
I think you may be right about the old print. It is somebodies Navy, that is for sure.
Aug. 25th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
What wonderful treasures. The chest is a very beautiful thing. Its history is written all over it. If I owned something like that I wouldn't be able to keep my hands off it!

Like Dave, I've also seen prints like yours that are intended to illustrate uniform styles, but I don't recognise this particular one. Does it have text on it?

The walking cane with the little leg on it made me smile. There is something rather cheeky and every so slightly macabre about it!
Aug. 25th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
I can just imagine a long ago man carving those little toes. It is very clearly a female leg. There is something very delicate about the little foot.

The chest is lovely to touch. And it smells of my mothers house-- of books and just a little of woodsmoke and mould.
Aug. 26th, 2012 09:56 am (UTC)
I can just imagine a long ago man carving those little toes. It is very clearly a female leg.
Obviously carved by someone with a fondness for a well turned shapely leg!

The chest is lovely to touch.
History you can touch, the best kind :)
Aug. 25th, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
You can see the history in that sea chest at a glance, how amazing to have such an artifact!
Aug. 26th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
I wish I knew who it had belonged to, I suspect it was in the house when my parents bought it, but that does not help much, it could have come from anybody.
Aug. 26th, 2012 10:07 am (UTC)
Aw. Loverley. :)
Aug. 26th, 2012 10:53 am (UTC)
That chest is magnificient! And the tiny leg with the tiny toes :) Back then they knew how to appreciate a comely shaped leg. Not to mention the idea to give a stick such a head! Awwww... Thanks for making my day :)
Aug. 26th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
I really like the toes too. Some dockside girls had pretty feet!
Aug. 26th, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
These are such beautiful treasures.
Aug. 26th, 2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
What a fantastic sea chest! Material things can still have a spirit of sorts, so maybe that's what you're doting on. :)

The navy picture - have you figured the country out yet? The shape of the hats reminds me of the 19th century French navy (the German navy didn't look much different).
Aug. 26th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
There is a little bit of writing at the bottom-- says Netherlands. The print was made in Utrecht in 1897.

I know what you mean about spirit in material things. I particularly feel it in useful things, or in old books. And it is very human to have feelings about things.

Edited at 2012-08-26 10:27 pm (UTC)
Sep. 27th, 2016 10:49 am (UTC)
That sea chest is about twice the size of Horatio's in the opening scene of Even Chance, isn't it? Just as well really. His seemed too tiny for more than a few spare stockings and a shirt.
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