This is a lovely piece we had in our home growing up.
It was handed down to my parents from my dad’s parents, and is in the Eastlake Victorian style.
This is that beautiful, very obvious carving that tells of it’s Eastlake styling.
I don’t know very much about Victorian Eastlake styling, but it always seems to use details like these lines in square patterns, with dots in it. To my eye it almost looks like it has a subtle Asian influence to it. And it maybe does, as that would have been during the mid to late 1800’s when the China trade was huge, and did greatly influence styling.
Setting on the top are these 3 pieces of marble I believe are original to the piece of furniture. I always thought this piece was a Victorian dry sink, but my mom thought maybe it was something different. Any thoughts?
Whatever it is, my parents have it in their living room, and it looks great there.
The way the drawers are constructed can be a good clue to the age of piece. These scalloped and pegged drawers not only give a great clue, but are so beautiful to look at, it seems they should be on display too.
In one of the drawers, I found this scrap of paper my mom had cut out from a magazine a while back. Yep, what’d I tell you? Mid – late 1800’s.
Sitting on top is this old (oil burning?) lamp that was electrified a long time ago. Due to great grandchildren and large dogs, right now there is this shatter-proof shade on it, but usually there is
this beautiful hand-painted globe on it. My mom doesn’t think that this globe was the original one to the lamp though, she said it originally had a tall skinny clear globe, but the ‘electric bulb’ stuff showed through that. Either way, this globe is super pretty on it.
I remember as a little girl, when my chore was dusting, noticing the carved faces in the lamp. I think most kids would probably be afraid of them, but I actually remember being very intrigued by them, and wondering if it represented the wind, or what story it was telling.
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