Image from page 181 of "American homes and gardens" (1905)
Title: American homes and gardens
Publisher: New York : Munn and Co
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
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m time to time asopportunity offered so that their home isfurnished now throughout in a character-istic manner. Like the home itself there is no ostenta-tious show, but rather quiet reserve andreal excellence. Because a thing is old, orhas at one time been in the possession of adistinguished person, it is not always charm-ing, but the furniture-makers of moderntimes have not in many respects equaledthose of Colonial days, and it is true thatthe china, the silver, the woven fabrics andeven the pewter and brass-ware of that The library is in itself, perhaps, a more attractive room, withcheerier light and more livable aspect. There before thefireplace is found a rocking-chair and round tea table whichare of Colonial design besides a fine old desk which has achilds counterpart of equal interest and antiquity. Thedining-room, too, must claim attention, as well for its con-tents as for its pleasing proportions. On the sideboard standGeneral Frazers knife, fork, and spoon cases, while in one
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The Drawing-room Is Furnished with Old Furniture, Much of It FamilyHeirlooms of the Present Owner March, 1907 AMERICAN HOMES AND GARDENS 107 corner is a beaufat which belonged to hismother. On the walls are family portraits,and grouped over the fireplace with itsswinging crane are to be seen a number ofquaint old silhouettes. Those who are in-terested in china and its collection wouldfind much to delight them here if not totempt and tantalize; for arranged in theseveral glass-faced cases are sets of Lowe-stoft and Nankeen, as well as many rareindividual pieces. In the small side hall onshelves are assembled the pewters andbrasses, and over the front door stand now,as of old, the fire buckets belonging origin-ally to Mr. Talbots great-grandfather. On the second floor the interest is equallysustained, each room having its open fire-place, deep window seats, four posted bedwith contemporary hangings and other an-tique furnishings, but it is not after all untilthe attic is reached that th
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