garage sale find

Jess869May 6, 2005

I stopped at an out of the way sale and everything was half price. Got a chair with a broken cane seat to put flowers in. The chair is curvy and different than any chair I've seen. 3.50. Also a 24 x 30 framed cross stitch on some kind of linen dated 1863. The work is beautiful and the frame is so heavy, just a few nicks in the frame. I think I may have found something cause the name of the woman is on it and I'm going to research it today. 9.00 What do I seal this chair with to protect it in the garden?

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toomuchglass

I've been making wooden stuff for outside use - and I bought spray lacquer. Stinky - but it puts a good coat on !

    Bookmark   May 6, 2005 at 11:13AM
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jaybird

Thompson's Water Seal works best for me. I use it on any wood or metal "Objet de Art" that I put in the yard!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2005 at 12:48PM
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kathi_mdgd

Marine varnish is probably the best for outside.Think about it,it's used on boats and boats are in the water all the time,and look how well it holds up.
JMO
Kathi

    Bookmark   May 17, 2005 at 4:58PM
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Jess869

That makes sense to me. Thanks

    Bookmark   May 17, 2005 at 6:54PM
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momsgirl2

hi
i went to an antique auction once they sold an old cross stitch sold for $250.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2005 at 10:36PM
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Jess869

I don't want to tear this apart cause you can tell it's been profeesionally framed but it looks like linen or something like that. It's very large for a hand worked piece. Maybe it's worth something.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2005 at 8:20AM
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coloredthumb

"a 24 x 30 framed cross stitch on some kind of linen dated 1863."
First it is called a Sampler. Second WOW! great find and what a bargain.
OH yes Jess, have the sampler appraised or get pics on a forum for antiques and needlework and ask for best/amature(sp) estimates. I'm sure there is a few places to ask here on THS. I saw one not to long ago on Antique Road Show valued at $3,500.00. An early signed piece from 1863. Old, slight fading and the frame was HEAVY, dirty, had a few medium nicks and just plain undecored wood.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2005 at 10:06AM
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