A Family Heirloom of Sorts (Curved Glass China/Curio Cabinet) ?
My wife and I recently received an antique cabinet that belonged to my late grandparents. It sat for decades in their dining room, which is where I fell in love with it as a kid.
Being that my Grandparents were almost like a second set of parents to me, I knew that I wanted something truly grand to remember them by. They'd always indicated that they wished me to have this piece, as I'd always taken a special interest in what most people saw as "the old cabinet in the dining room".
It was finally moved into our house yesterday, after three months of trying to find a skilled antiques mover, and now we're starting to wonder about it and wish that we knew more about its history and the possible age/origin of it.
What I DO know is that it has been in the family for several decades, most likely more. My Dad remembers it being in the house since he was born (over 50 years), and it had been in the family long before. The furthest we know is that it was previously owned by the three siblings who raised my grandfather (they took him in at 7 years of age, he passed away recently at 85). As an added twist, they were McCoy's, quite possibly relatives/descendants of the famed fueding family.
Based on the photos, what would you guess in terms of age, style, or even place of origin? Ultimately, it will be a treasured, important piece in our home if only because it had belonged to some of the most important people in my life, but it'd be neat to be able to learn a little more about where it might have come from.
Oh that is a lovely piece! I would guess it's late 1800's - early 1900's. The Green Man Motif was popular in the Gothic Revival style of furniture. If I had to guess, I would say it's American. Where ever it was made, it's a great piece and I'd be happy to have it in my home!
Pat's right on...of the "golden oak" period, 1885 to 1915....give or take 5 or 6 years. And how lucky that you who what and where for that piece for pretty much it's whole life.
I believe it was a manufactured piece....and what you know of it's history would be a much greater indication of it's origins than anything I could tell you.
Treat it gently....that curved glass is hard to replace!
And I thought the fabled McCoys didn't have a pot to....well you know...LOL!
And that piece was never cheap.
Thanks for the input. It's certainly something that we'll be cherishing for years to come! The McCoy's in question were not rich, so far as I can tell, but they certainly had a great collection of pieces. A grandfather clock from their farmhouse was put into the permanent collection of an art museum an hour or two away DECADES ago(only a few blocks from where my wife and I now live, coincidentally), while we found priceless glass vases, several full sets of silver, a grip of various silver items, Victorian-era kitchen items (such as a sterling and glass pickle jar), and a small library's worth of local history books from the late 1800's in my grandfather's basement that he had inherited from the McCoy's in the early to mid 20th century. It's amazing how many families in this area have amazing antiques and decorative pieces that are simply "old family furniture" to them! Most aren't even discovered until estate sales, such as a kitschy portrait of Col. Sanders in a neighbors house that ended up being a Normal Rockwell original. I'll be sure to do a bit more research on the periods and styles you both mentioned. Thanks again. Just for reference, the cabinet is relatively large: over 6' tall and at least 4.5-5.5' wide. It gave the mover fits!