Hello everyone! A few weeks ago my mom and I took a trip to one of my favorite antique shops in Quincy, Illinois in search of matching antique oval frames for mirrors in my bathroom. I did not find those but found this instead and knew I had to have her! You know how that goes right, you go to get one thing and come home with something totally different. But one must remember, the time to buy an antique is when you see it!
The frame is so beautiful and I thought she was too, but my hubby informed me that she really wasn't. So I guess she won't be the new lady of the house after all. But in my minds eye she will be. :)
I think if she were smiling we would see the beauty instead of the harshness. But I think if you look closely you'll see a sense of gentleness about her, an "I want to smile but better not" look. I do think she is smiling with her eyes though.
(Back in the day one didn't smile while being photographed because of the length of time it took for the photo taking process and if they moved at all during this time their end result would be a photo that would look ghostly or streaked looking in the area that had moved during the process.)
Just look at the detail, the lacy collar, the brooch, her gold dangly earrings and after some cleaning I discovered the red plush chair she is sitting in, her black buttons and the black shawl around her mid arm area. You have to look closely for that though.
I believe she is from the 1850's or 60's. I do not know anything about her or the life she lived. One can only imagine. Don't know if I'll name her or not, any suggestions? My friend Janice over at Curtains in my Tree suggested Cybil. Who do you think she looks like?
Since she is the new lady of the house, she has her place of honor right in the middle of the living room and parlor area, where I can sit next to her while in my recliner.
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
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