Look what I found!

riverrat1July 9, 2006

To make a long story short, we had to have an old homestead barn torn down that was FULL of DH families things. For many many years family would just put things in the old barn that they didn't want to throw away but they didn't want to keep in the house. The attic was full at one time also... We emptied out many old trunks and other things before I had the barn demolished. In one old steamer trunk I found a hand bound book of old botanical watercolors. I knew they were painted by a family member but there was no signature anywhere on the paintings. I was very interested in the watermark on the paper that read "Bissell & Pease". I fooled around with researching the paper, for 2 weeks, to see if I could date the watercolors. The only information I could come up with was a few documents dated in the 1830's. Well, DH turned the booklet over after two weeks and there was his Great Grandmothers signature. We now know they were painted, by her, somewhere around 1870. Cool huh? I just love old things.

Here they are after we framed them and hung them in our butlers pantry where my office is.

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weed30

Oh, those are wonderful! I really, really like the way you framed them.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2006 at 10:24AM
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jessyf

What weed said. Striking framing.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2006 at 11:05AM
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chancesmom

very cool, so nice you found them and will honour this piece of histroy!

janet

    Bookmark   July 9, 2006 at 4:19PM
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ann_t

Oh Karen. What a find. I love them.

Ann

    Bookmark   July 9, 2006 at 6:17PM
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brenda55

These are really great, love the framing, too.

Brenda

    Bookmark   July 9, 2006 at 7:04PM
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craftyrn

What a wonderful treasure ! You've certainly done them justice in those frames-- she was a talented Lady .

Diane

    Bookmark   July 9, 2006 at 7:45PM
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teresa_nc7

What a treasure! How wonderful that you've shown these the light of day. What a great link to the past.

Teresa

    Bookmark   July 9, 2006 at 11:05PM
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shaun

Wow what a treasure you found! Enjoy them, they look great on your wall!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2006 at 8:30AM
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annie1992

Those are beautiful, and what a nice display. Great Grandma would be proud.

Annie

    Bookmark   July 10, 2006 at 4:26PM
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stacy3

oh, I absolutely love those. They are beautiful on their own but the sentimental quality is just irreplaceable. I hope that when I am gone, I've left something that makes people think of me and smile...What a warm and special treasure you found...

Stacy

    Bookmark   July 11, 2006 at 4:32PM
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doucanoe

What a terrific find! They are gorgeous!
Linda

    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 4:13PM
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lindac

Love them!! But I want to make sure you have checked with someone who knows....is a glass sandwich like that safe for archival things? I would hate to see them harmed in some way from the picture touching the glass...irf that matters.
And theya re not facing a window nor flourescent lights are they? I have a painting...not important a characture sort of a joke thing but I liked it and it has faded a whole lot from being hung in my late husband's office for about 15 years....with the flourescent lights.
They are really wonderful.....and the fact that your great grandmother painted them...Wow!!
Were there more?
Linda C

    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 6:41PM
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Marigene

Beautiful, the way you have displayed them.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 8:34PM
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dlundin

Wow, them are great! Love 'em!

    Bookmark   July 13, 2006 at 10:18AM
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kent4489

Karen,
Oh, I love them! What a wonderful find! I like the way you framed them too.

Jayne

    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 8:39AM
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sheshebop

You are very lucky to have those. I just love framing things that are "family heirlooms" like that!

    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 3:14PM
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riverrat1

Thanks guys! I do love them!

Linda, I checked with the local college library historian that recommended putting them in acid free sleeves, and keeping them away from all light of any kind, by putting them in an acid free folder. Well, I really wanted to see them so I've put them in a darkish room that gets little direct light from outside or artificial source. It is ok to have them between glass if I'm not exposing them to any unnecessary humidity?!?! I wonder what that means in the south!

    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 4:45PM
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