Saturday, July 13, 2019

Pottier & Stymus Parlor Set: A Fabulous Find!

August Pottier and  William Pottier established  a partnership in 1859 On Broadway in NYC. By 1875 The firm of Pottier & Stymus has established itself as one of the premier furniture designers and decorators in the US and generated over 1.1 Million Dollars in Sales and astounding figure in the Victorian Era for a furniture firm. They employed over 700 men and 50 women and manufactured what is considered to be the most desirable of furniture in the Victorian era. Their designed graced some of the finest homes in the United States including the white house

However given their popularity with the wealth class and the prodigious amount of high end furniture they produced, Little of it is around today. As tastes changed , pieces were tossed to the curb,  sold off to second hand stores or given away to the hired help. Fast forward 150 years and  it extremely rare to find individual pieces much less a parlor set.

But that's what we do FIND the hard to find and in our showroom , right now, is a three piece Pottier & Stymus parlor set.  This set had somehow made it was to the Midwest and the Chicago area.

We estimate it was upholstered in last in the 1970's. In a  lovely rust  banding with a small pattern center upholstery, it is done to follow the original upholstery in terms of its design, Other than exhibiting some sun fade it appears to have been rarely , if ever, sat in.

The lovely black walnut frame is executed with incised designs with gilt accents.

We are quite honored to offer this three piece parlor set in our showroom.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Shop tour May: A look around

I took some photos of the shop the other day. It has taken time but we are getting the 'balance' we wanted. It hard being an actual antique store.

Well if you have hall tree you need a hat to put on it.
An exceptional early Victorian Circa 1896 Chandelier
Balance and colors
Tablescaping supplies
Lovely Butternut (white walnut) Revival chair we re-upholstered
We carry a lot of period tassels and fabrics
One of our antique framed gravures

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Antique of the week: 1875 Aesthetic bed

We very rarely get beds into the shop. Couple of reasons for this that most have been painted or turned into benches, the other is they take up a lot of real estate in the shop. But I couldn't pass on this one.

American Aesthetic Movement, but a nice clean interpretation of it, gone are the heavy carvings of the Rococo or Renaissance .

The headboard is almost 5 feet (actually 58 inches) but is substantial and would work well with most homes today.

The foot board is 33 inches tall

Executed in walnut it has some nice incised carvings and ornamentation. It comes with side rails and slats.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Tour: Off to Morocco in our Victorian Aesthetic Movement Parlor

Some spaces you just have to think about. In this case a small room off the"Garland Parlor".  This room probably functioned as an upstairs office for Mr Burgman and as the family grew it became a bed room. By the time we came along it was painted white and totally devoid of personality.

It  also had some design challenges. The door was to one side which made the room look totally unbalanced and it walled in a very small space in way that made it appear even smaller/ Our solution was to close in the doorway and instead move the doorway to a new centered to the room opening  Originally a single door with transom. in its new configuration at 5 ft wide with Victorian fretwork. Portier rod below with exotic vintage fringed tapestry and curtains, it takes the entrance to a new level and welcomes your entrance to a unique space.

On the wall opposite the fainting sofa we hung a large antique tapestry on the wall which was done in a Terra Cotta color  and brushed and color washed to give it a slightly aged look.


Below that we stretched some old green fabric on a wooden stretcher and sat it on the floor to add another visual layer and placed a vintage ebonized and gilt table topped with a brass Turkish Tea Pot

The window was also an issue as it was not centered. We decided to false drape part of the wall to make it look like one double window with the drape pulled back.


Peacock feathers and a Urn with peacock complete a theme and fill a corner



This Moroccan lantern light adds visual interest in the other corner.

The settee is an aesthetic movement piece. that just happened to work with wall colors perfectly.

 The stained glass window  started out at a regular "farmhouse window" that we replaced with stained glass in colors to match the light fixture stained glass.

The Moorish chandelier and medallion complete the look. We still plan on covering the ceiling with a Turkish style ceiling tile we have on order.

So we went from white box to Moroccan Dream in less than one week

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Re Purpose 101: SteamPunk, Industrial, Boho, Candle holders

Sometimes projects just happen. A regular client of our wanted something different for their restaurant/bar other than the normal the candle holder.

We do upholstery....so we have springs. We also had a huge quantity of vintage  peg style Candle votive's thanks to a friend of ours and an estate clean out.

As you can see, trendy and different. sorta Steampunk, Industrial, Boho, Country Chic Candle holder.

We made extras so they are available in our shop too.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Extreme Chair Makeover: Turkish Parlor Chair

Finding an 'exotic' parlor chair suitable for a Turkish parlor is next to impossible, a pair of high end chairs could set you back 10 grand or more IF you could even find them.

So how do you get "the look" without spending a ton of money? Well with a simple new slipper chair and some imagination. We already had these chairs from staging a house a few years ago and they are study and somewhat comfortable but in their  sold form they are contemporary boring seating. These actually came from Target and at least has a sort of Moroccan upholstery.

This is the chair before and its your typical big box chair that colts together and "instant chair"

Now these chairs sit higher than Victorian era chairs so we elected to cut  2 1-2 inches off the legs
You would not have to do this but we think it makes the chair look more "era authentic" We used a black base fabric that had a slight floral design and has some shine on  it. We doubled this fabric to give it more weight and durability and in this case the black skirt is 7 1/2 inches long. This immediately changes the scale of the chair. At the same time we added fabric to the top which duplicates the style of exotic chairs in the Victorian era.


The black fabric created the backdrop for the 5 inch Gold lace fringe which was applied to the skirt and the top with glue. Although we elected to do some sewing on this project this could be done no sew with hem tape and adhesive.

So there you have it, a Turkish parlor chair for less than 150.00.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Radio Days: A long way home

Of course we all love a good antique story but sometimes they simply do not have one. At least one that's apparent to us when we acquire it.

Take the case of this 1932 Majestic Model 15 Radio. It had been in our shop for  a while and is really not something we normally carry. It came to us from a local collector/restorer who was downsizing his collection.

This particular Radio had some local provenance in that it was repaired in 1940  (11/24/40) "Ureal Radio Service" that was here in Logansport but really nothing else was known about it. We decided that it really needed to be advertised nationally as we were not getting a lot of local interest  so Greg placed it on one of online store outlets and after a very short time we had a buyer from California .

Shipping radios takes a lot of planning and special shipping and it reached them today and we found out what may be, as they say, "the rest of the story".

The buyer sent us a photo of his Great, Great, Grandparents had their 50 year wedding anniversary in 1932. This was a gift to his Great, Great, Grandfather. Before his Great, Great, Grandfather died he sold it to his neighbor Fred.  Fred ends up moving to Clymers Indiana.  That’s where their 20 year search ends.

Given Clymers is only 7 miles from Logansport its entirely likely they would have taken it the "Big City" of  Logansport to have it repaired. Did our seller buy it from "Fred" or one of his descendants? We may never know?

Is it the SAME radio? We don't know,  but the coincidences line up well, and there were not many of these made either. It certainly makes for great folklore. Most importantly the gentleman who bought it is ecstatic and to us that is all that matters!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Preservation 911: Logansport Historic Schneider Building Endangered

Preservation 911. The historic Schneider Building in the 800 Block of 15th has had a condemn order issued against it due to a corner collapse. This property is on our Most endangered list


We believe it can be saved and this corner safely rebuilt. It looks like this was caused due to prolonged water infiltration from the upstairs bathroom rather than a systemic structural issue. We have been in touch with our Mayor and this issue was brought up before the historic commission yesterday, and Indiana Landmarks has seen the building .



Several people have expressed interest in this building as a potential Live/work and there may be a pathway to save it if we can convince Indian Landmarks to take it and stabilize it.


This is the LAST brick commercial building left on the 800 block which at one point was largely commercial. With the rebirth of Midtown this structure should be saved.

Updates will be made available on the Logansport Landmarks FB Page: Logansport Landmarks

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Burgman Restoration: The "Adventure" of lighting for the Kitchen

While I have spent a great deal of time determining the design of the upstairs residence kitchen. It's look ( a fine Victorian Mansion  Butler's Pantry)  The size and placement of every detail, the perfect lighting has been  elusive. I didn't want something that was modern but I wanted something that will put out enough light and can be controlled to light up and down over the island. Knowing our cabinetry will be dark and the ceiling done in a bronzed tin, finding just the right light ( I needed a pair) has taken me in many directions.

This is with just two bulbs lit (on display in the shop window)
After looking and looking I think we have found the solution and like any solution it was not because we couldn't find it, it was that the purchase was complex. The only way we could get the matching pair of lights we needed was to buy 10. Yes ten matching Gothic chandeliers. They would only sell them in a lot not individually. So we bought all of these.

This was challenge loading all of these in the Kia but we managed.
What makes these the right lights are that there are SEVEN light sockets, 3 up, 3 facing at a slight angle  down (for side lighting) and one facing straight down. By wiring these  to three separate wall switches I can control the lighting just as I need it.

So one problem solved. Now I just need to sell the other eight off.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Burgman Building Restoration: Detective work continues.

Looking from across the street, we see the Well house/brew barn and to the right a long gone cottage.
We continue to learn more about the Burgman building. One of the biggest mysteries of course is the "dependencies", the accessory buildings on the Burgman site and what they were for. research in this are is hard to do as the first Sanborn maps were from 1906 for this neighborhood and of course our building was built in 1884, and the second Burgman building was built in 1896 down the street.

We can see from this circa 1890 photo that to the left of the Burgman there appears to be some structure and this pre-dated the construction of the 1896 commercial building down the street. We think there may have been the stables for the Burgman delivery vehicles and horses and some recent yard work have revealed some stone foundations that we believe may have been the site of the stable, just north of the building.

The only photo to date showed the doors of the well house/brew barn but nothing else
Of course the brew barn and well house building behind the building has always been a mystery because while some people remember it, there were no good photos other than one showing the doors, until now.

We have the first good view of the side storefront added Circa 1920-30 and we can see the cornice over the back door.
The family of the neighbor across the street have been going through family photos and some pieces of the puzzle are here. Back in the very late 40's early 50s they had a a huge catalpa tree removed across the street on Smead and the family took photos. This view shows the structure behind the building. We had surmised some things about this building, we KNOW it was the well house (well is still there) and we assumed the other park was used as a summer kitchen. Later on it was used by the saloon for beer and wine bottling and this has some use relative to the beer gardens

This view clearly shows the relationship of the buildings with the well house/brew barn and the the  cottage behind it which we understand was demoed in the 1960's, Interesting to note there was a nice hedge that was next to the sidewalk and help enclose the gardens.

Next steps will be some archaeological digging!