GRANDMA COLEY'S SERPENTINE CHINA CABINET
Today is October 23, 2004 and had today “reserved” as a workday for
our annual upcoming
Halloween party, however I decided to replace a missing curved
glass from a 1890 – 1920 circa Quartered Oak Serpentine
China Cabinet. The china cabinet has special meaning to my bride
and I since my Grandma left it to us in 1974 upon her death. A few
years later one of my bride’s nephews ran into the right hand curved glass
shattering it and a piece of flexible clear plastic was installed as a
temporary fix which lasted a decade or more.
Finally, after years, decades, etc. of missing the right hand curved glass
and a gently nudging along from my bride, I contacted a
in Texas specializing in stock and custom made curved glass to
specifications and ran the moths from my wallet and ordered the glass!
A special one-time mold had to be fabricated to bend the curved glass to
specification and after anxiously waiting about two months the glass finally
The entire contents of the cabinet along with the shelving were removed and
it was touch and go to get the curved glass installed. The glass originally
was held in place by molding and secured by small wire nails but I elected
to hot glue the molding back instead of hammering the nails on the expert
Robert Hough who owns
Antiques and Restoration located at 4399 Main Street,
Ellerbe, N.C. 28338 Telephone: 910-652-2098 who
specializes in the restoration of antiques. Over the years the cabinet
has shifted out of parallel a bit since the curved side supports were steam
bent instead of laminated and it was difficult to get the glass back into
the tight fitting opening but I was successful. I just hope there is
not too much pressure on the fit!
Note: Over 10 years have
passed and the glass is still fine. Updated 12-22-14.
I am inserting a few pixs from start to finish on this project and while I
was getting the glass in place my bride and our youngest daughter Lisa
Dianne Netting were cleaning the silver, crystal, china and all the
doodads from different parts of the World
to have them presentable again. I know my Grandma would be very proud
to see the things that she had collected over the years looking so pretty
again. The top shelf in the cabinet was reserved for some of the
crystal that I have given my bride
“Tweet” along with some items that our daughters have given her
and "spilled" onto the other shelves as well.
The right curved glass is installed which has the manufacturer’s ID on the
glass. My bride cleaned all the curved glass side panels and front
serpentine curved door glass as well as the rear mirror. There were four
flat shelving units that were cleaned also.
The flat glass-shelving units ready for a serious application of Windex!
This is some of the goodies that different ones gave Grandma over the years
for her china cabinet. The majority of the clear crystal was given to
my bride by yours truly over the years.
Inserted are some pixs showing the hand carving….the carving is in relief
and the back ground has a stippled finish all done with hand tools.
It should be noted that wood carving machines (pantographs) were available
when this item was manufactured that did the rough routing (carving) which
allowed such items to be mass produced and the fine details of the carving
was finished by hand using carving tools. This was at a time when
labor was very cheap in comparison to today’s standards! The
particular carving shown above has a name but don’t ask me what it is.
I will research it if anyone is interested. Note:
Erikson of Grass Valley, CA, "The carving
is what's called
"Acanthus Leaf" (in a "scrolled"
motif), originating in classical Greece and used as a basis for fine carving
NOTE: My Aunt Mollie Bowers stripped the finish off the
china cabinet back in the middle to late 1950s of which the original finish
had turned opaque, nearly black, cracked and crazed. Most antique
dealers do not recommend the refinish of antiques but this china cabinet
looks 100 percent better than it did before the refinish. I personally
could care less about the dollar value but the sentimental value and looks
of the china cabinet is what matters to me!
The side panels have matching pattern carving only on the top. The
only carving on the bottom are the two front feet. I have seen some on
the Internet with different carving patterns and in different locations but
I guarantee you this one is ahead of most that are fore sale although not
the most ornate.
Grandma's Serpentine China Cabinet looks as good as new again and it I know
most of you didn’t know her unless you were family or friend but I am going
to tell you a little about her in my
Memories From The Past short story and share some pixs and wonderful memories
from the past of her.
On August 16, 2015, I moved the above from my short story originally
From The Past but the past three months started updating the
Coley and Trexler Genealogy and Folklore and decided to create a new page
just for the above Serpentine China Cabinet glass replacement.
Web published by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 08-16-15.