The Secretary, Part I

The Secretary
The Secretary

When I rented my new space back in November, I decided to go with a beach theme. Mostly because the walls were already painted and I didn’t want to re-paint – and I love the beach. However, due to life circumstances, another furniture piece has been added to my massage space. It’s not beachy, but I love it and I want to tell you about it – and it’s current contents.
Introducing: The Secretary.
This piece belonged to my grandmother (my mom’s mom) and it sat in her living room as I was growing up.
It appears to be from the Larkin Company in Buffalo, NY and went to Walter Buxton in Mt Airy, MD.

Found attached to the back of the secretary.
Found attached to the back of the secretary.

During the summers when Grandma took care of me, taught me to bake, and I learned that chestnuts were not easy to get to without getting hurt, I got to know all the nooks and crannies of Grannie’s, including The Secretary. It had ancient treasures in it. Black and white pictures, negatives, documents, trinkets, and a miniature spinning wheel that was a souvenir from one of their few trips across the country.

Miniature Spinning Wheel
Miniature Spinning Wheel

When Grandma passed away and my Aunt Betty and Mom were cleaning out her house, The Secretary came to my mom’s house. Some of the treasures were taken out and replaced with my mom’s own treasures. Wrapping paper with “Old Fart” written all over it. Plastic bags full of batteries. Pictures (in frames) of our family.
Now that my mom has gone into a health care facility and can no longer keep this beautiful piece, we had to figure out who was going to take it…who had room for it. We definitely didn’t want it leaving the family, but nobody seemed to have room in their homes. That’s when I remembered – I have a perfect space to share this beautiful piece.
Next time, I’ll tell you about my treasures inside of it – and a little about the stories behind them.

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