FAMILY PIECES - Iron Stone Tea Leaf - Glass Perfume Dresser Set - Topsy Turvy Rag Doll - Cast Iron Bull Dog


MOM'S TEA LEAF-
posted July 9, 2013


Mom, Ida Good (1873-1965), my Baby Sister
August 1963
When Mom was young, she and her family lived in rural southern Indiana, next door to Ida and Billy Good. The summer of 1963, Mom took my sister and myself to Ida Good's for a visit. She gave Mom a wedding present that she and Billy had received in 1891.  It was a Copper Lustre White Ironstone Tea Leaf Milk Pitcher.                           
  
There is a large "Y" shaped crack on the backside of the pitcher; but just the same, this is my favorite piece of Mom's many

pieces of Tea Leaf.

Interestingly enough, this is how Mom's Tea Leaf collection came to be, by inheriting a piece from a cherished family friend.                          

In the 1840's, English potters began shipping white ironstone ceramic ware to America, decorated with copper lustre bands and simple decorations.  By the mid-1850's Anthony Shaw introduced a new design that took the china market by storm - Tea Leaf. For almost 50 years Tea Leaf ironstone was a favorite of farm and working-class folks of America. 
A visit with Mom
June 2013
On my last visit with Mom, I returned with several more serving pieces of Tea Leaf.
Tea Leaf has simple body styles and is known as a durable and practical stoneware.
All of Mom's Tea Leaf is now packed away in boxes. 
But it was like seeing long lost friends as we unwrapped these pieces that I would bring home with me.   
Left Tea Leaf - Sugar Bowl

Middle Tea Leaf - Coffee Pitcher

Right Tea Leaf - Creamer

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Mom's 3-Door Oak Ice Box
posted Sept. 2012
Mom found this ice box on the back porch of a yard sale in the 1960s and bought it for $15.00.
Mom and Dad used it as a bar and now I do too.
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My Teddy
posted Sept. 2012 
My birthday is in December and Aunt Jane gave me my Teddy Bear for my first Christmas.  



He's been stitched and repaired and
he's balding like an old man.


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MOM'S QUILTS
posted July 2012
As long as I remember, Mom has sewn.
In the 60s, she made herself, my little sister and me matching shifts/dresses, that we wore on vacation, out of left over curtain material. She sewed most of our school dresses and our prom dresses.

The Honey Bee - 1993

Now Mom quilts.

Scraps - 1995

Scraps - 1995
These are just a few of the quilts that Mom has made. My sister has some and the Grandkids do too.
The Traveler - 1996-1997
Her needlework is amazing.
On the backside of each quilt, Mom signs her quilt. Artist should always sign their piece and it helps me to remember the pattern of the quilt and the year Mom made it.
1999
She continues to create
with her heart, body, and hands,
2003
stitching her legacy, sewing her quilts.
2008
All the pieces are hand stitched together, then once put together, the back is added and she stitches around each panel making various designs.
This is the new quilt that Mom was working
on when I was home this week.
Hand stitching the pieces of material together.
Panel by panel -
these panels are slowing her down
because they are applique'd.
The backside of the applique'd flower.  

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GRANDDAD'S FIDDLE
posted June 19, 2012

The fiddle belong to Granddad Lind.
  


Charles Bruce Lind

1901-1986
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AUNT WORTHY'S DRESSER PERFUME SET

posted June 15, 2012
picture taken 1895

Ara Jane Worthington Love Little
1869-1964 
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Aunt Worthy was one of the first registered nurses in the state of Tennessee having graduated from the Erlanger Nursing School in 1908 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

picture taken in 1898
She was the only daughter, with four brothers.
According to family history, she was
engaged, but he died and she never married.
taken 1924 - Aunt Worthy and her four brothers - my Great Grandfather on far right.
She lived her life in the home she was born; riding a side saddle to deliver babies and continued to be a midwife until she was 74 years old.
I was given Aunt Worthy's
Perfume Dresser Set which was given
to her by her fiancée - so the family story goes. Her fiancée died before they were married.
one of two cologne bottles - both with ruffled stopper
Hand painted flowers and foliage are the most common patterns found painted on the glass.
the powder jar with lid
Manufactured in the late 19th century, Victorian Bristol glass was greatly admire and desired.
this is the bottom of the powder jar lid
It has been questioned if this glass dresser set was actually her mothers, due to the age of the set.
Maggie Adelia Chamberlain Little (1832-1903)?
the bottom of both cologne bottles
Early bottles manufactured before the 1850's almost always have a "pontil." These bottles have a "rough pontil" which can be identified by a circle of glass found on the base of the bottle. Usually protruding from the base 1/16 of an inch or so but sometimes just a rough circle of what looks like broken glass. These types of pontil are sharp as these are on these bottles. When blowing the glass, the part that was left on the bottle is what we call the "pontil."


After 1860 an invention called the snap case came into wide spread use to hold a bottle while being finished. It made holding the bottle a simple task and less of a complicated skill while also doing away with the pontil. A snap case seldom left any mark on the bottle at all. 
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  GRANDDAD and GRANDMOM'S LAMP
Granddad gave me this Victorian Parlor Lamp
to pass on to my first born - Margrett.
At one time, the lamp had a reservoir for kerosene situated over a footed base above which there is a collar to adjust the wick. Above the burner, at the top is a glass chimney to protect the flame.
Both are still there and Granddad had the reservoir removed and the lamp was wired for two light bulbs.
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GRANDMA PERSONS' RAG DOLL
posted Feb. 20, 2012
Grandma Persons had a closet under the stairs
that we would play in and explore.
That was the home for this Rag Doll.


The Rag Doll is called a Topsy-Turvy Rag Doll
with two heads,

one normally concealed beneath a skirt.

This doll was from the turn of the century - late 1800s to early 1900s.
Picture taken in 1909 
 Jennie Alora Shelton Little - Margaret Marie Little Persons- Sara Ellen Little
                           1872-1922                   1902-1990                    1906-1988
The rag doll belonged to Grandma Persons or
her sister Aunt Sara.
This is why the doll is called a Topsy-Turvy
Black and White Rag Doll.
The two heads share a common torso.
The faces are hand embroidered
and this side probably
had a scarf stitched to the head.
Other Topsy-Turvy white dolls usually had
a yellow yarn, two ponie-tailed hair style.
There are long stitch threads hanging;
so at one time there had been a hair wig attached.
Sure wish I could find a picture of the girls with this doll in their hand.
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GRANDMA'S TYPEWRITER
posted Feb. 19, 2012

(1902-1975)
It's a Smith-Corona Sterling serial #5A375413,
mfg. in 1953.
Made in the USA.
This was the first full year of the new Super-5 body style. It has a lighter green shift, tab, and margin-release keys unique to the 1949-1954 Smith-Coronas.
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GRANDMA PERSONS' DOOR STOP
posted July 24, 2011

This Boston Bulldog Doorstop sat at my
Grandmother Persons' front door as long as I can remember.
Mom said that he was at Grandma's front door
as long as she can remember.
After doing a little research,
he is a Hubley Boston Bulldog Cast Iron Doorstop
from the 1920s.
Most list him as a French Bulldog.
Whatever, he's sitting at my front door now!
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