Restored Chimney Cupboard

Recreating missing historic features is often part of restoring a house. This chimney cupboard (and the fireplace, brick oven, mantel, and much of the associated trim) had been removed decades before Whitten House was restored. Careful investigation indicated that there was sufficient physical and documentary information available to accurately reconstruct the missing elements. Tanking it to another level, the Podmore-Walker & Co. “Venus” transferware pattern, green and blue edged wares, and Reed and Barton pewter teapot all match items documented to have been in the house in the 19th century.

The restoration of this room is described and shown in detail as an example project in Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. The identification of historic china patterns used in Whitten House is described in my book, Cleaning Historic Staffordshire Transferware. Both books are available directly from this site.

Restoring Your Historic House is also available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers. Your local bookstore can order copies from their W.W. Norton rep.

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