By Pat Saxton, Director
Mrs. Shirley Brown (left), longtime supporter of the TCNM, asked us if the Museum would accept on loan some of her antique family furniture. Without hesitation I went to see what treasures she had on hand!
Most of the furniture belonged to her Grandmother, Mrs. Amie Louise (Morgan) Tatem (in photograph), including two glass fruit bowls given to her as a wedding present from her husband W. R. Tatem. Those will go on display in the Guinep House’s old kitchen.
We also now have a lovely rocking chair, a couple of cane chairs and a solid Mahogany hand- made recliner, compete with iron works made by the local blacksmith. It also has a foot rest, and can recline to make a bed. Some beautiful silver spoons and serving utensils were also loaned which she said her father had recovered from shipwrecks.
We will be showcasing some of these pieces in our 19th-century kitchen, office and Jeremiah Murphy exhibits. Thanks to Shirley we now have authentic 19th Century furniture to go in our exhibits.