A Ghost in the Attic: A Mystery!

When we were getting down the Christmas decorations from the attic last week we scrounged around a little farther in than we usually do and propped up on one of the joists was this fine gentleman:

He has obviously had some water damage.  We think the workers must have found him when they were doing our roof a few years ago and just propped him up.  The roof had many leaks when we first moved in so I think he must have been on the receiving in of one of them.


And of course now we are so curious who he is!  Our house was built in 1902 and since we moved in I have been meaning to visit the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association and get some info on it.  Many homes in our neighborhood were built by notable craftsman architects like Julia Morgan, John Hudson Thomas and Edward Seely and I’ve always wanted to find out if ours had any interesting origins.   Was this mustachioed gentleman one of its early inhabitants?  It looks to be from about the right time period.

I would also love to have this portrait restored and displayed–what an exciting connection to have to our home!

Maybe after the holidays I will find the time to register at the BAHA and try to get some info.  I’ll keep you posted.

Antique Dresser Before and After

Yesterday I gave a sneak peek of an antique dresser I was working on.  Here is the before again:


And here is the after:




This piece is completely solid wood–no veneer anywhere–and the keyholes are inlaid.  The bail pulls are original and most of the original cut nails are still in place.  I did some work on it and added wood screws to tighten it up in places.  The solid top is finished with tung oil and wax.  Paint is ASCP old white.  You can see from the first photo that a piece is missing from the front right leg.  This old girl has been through a lot but is so well made and ready for another century of use.


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