Sunday, March 13, 2011

ASHES TO ASHES

So, I was at this private estate sale this weekend, a big three story Craftsman, full of everything this kid loves. Including the ashes of the deceased found by me in two little boxes in a sack on the mantle. Not for sale, I was told. Please, if you are going to have a sale, put Mother and Father away, before someone walks away with them.





I did buy a black tin box and on my return home looked at the contents closely and to my surprise found all the deeds to the oil wells in Louisiana, gold and silver mines in Oregon, land grants, deeds, birth certificates all dating back to 1831. Oh, and course cemetery plot locations. And yes, I was a good boy, I drove back and handed them the black tin box. So here are a few things to show and tell, more later I promise.


























 





















 




 

















13 comments:

betsy said...

Fascinating. The photos and notes look as though they came out of a time capsule. But isn't that exactly what a good estate sale is? I am looking forward to what may be the mother of all Nashville estate sales - happening over the next two weekends. It is the estate of Nancy Saturn, owner of The American Artisan Shop and founder and director of the American Artisan Festival held each year at Centennial Park here in Nashville. I cannot wait.

Tabitha said...

How poignant, do you feel wistful when you come away from sales like that?

Mark D. Ruffner said...

What a great day! I'm guessing that the blue ceramic piece will be staying in your house. Of your finds, the photo of the cherub is my favorite.

the gardeners cottage said...

ok, leaving the ashes out is just so wrong.

you are a good man kevin for returning the deeds, etc. a lot of people would not have done that.

xo
janet

Daryl at Vermont Cottage said...

I found this post to be interesting in so many ways. Especially the boy dressed as cupid. hmm... I wonder, too, if any family was there to sort things out. It doesn't seem so. Sad, really.

My Grama's Soul said...

All I can say is WOW....what a treasure trove you stumbled upon.

Jo

modernhaus said...

I heart you Kevin Beer!

Kathy said...

K...sales like this make me think about my own home and what will happen in the end.
You were a good guy with that return....I'm looking forward to the "show and tell"....k

Design Junkie said...

Oh I love the Cupid boy! And the nest. What a trove!

Kathy said...

P.S......your comment over at "If The Lampshade Fits"....spot on!... I've noticed that whenever she posts something like that people just try to "out clever" one another and pile on with the negatives. I loved that little scandinavian vignette. Of course...it probably could have used a few ikat pillows, a Jonathan Adler porcelain piece, an animal skin rug, a "to die for" brass greek key coffee table....and maybe granite countertops, wood floors, and stainless steel appliances... ;) k

annie said...

What a find! How good of you to return the items. I hope they were extremely grateful. I found your blog via Janet at The Gardner's Cottage. I have always been fascinated by old LA and Hollywood. I love the architecture. We live in Orange County, but my daughter and I love to spend tine in LA discovering new neighborhoods, local restaurants, markets, shops. Off to read more and plan our next trip.

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

I can only imagine the photos you can find out there. I've never been to California...but when I go I know that I'll have my old eagle eye darting around for treasures.
Catherine

Stephen said...

Lucky You!

We have the scrapbook of a british Male couple from the 1930s. I have enjoyed imagining their stories.