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The DeWitt continued…. George Washington, creepy dolls, weavings, and more Name That (not) Crap.

 

Aside from all the decorative items, the Dewitt had some pieces of historic interest as well.

 

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Here’s the father of our country casually leaning on a cannon. And if you look closely, you’ll see this…

 

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Yes, they even have George Washington’s jewelry…. which had been lost for nearly two centuries. It was rediscovered in 1990, when the daughter-in-law of a Virginia Beach woman descended from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall found it in her dead mother-in-law’s jewelry box.

Just think… it could have been put in a yard sale. Or donated to Goodwill.

Damn. Another missed opportunity.

 

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Continuing past the silver, there were vast collections of porcelain and pottery.

 

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Complete with creepy ass vintage dolls.

 

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If you invite this little chicka to a tea party?

She’s going to nibble your fingers like biscuits.

 

 

By the amount of tankers on display, there was some serious beer drinking going on in the 18th century.

 

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Have I mentioned this place went on forever?

 

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It was fabulous.

 

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There was a section dedicated to indigenous art as well.

 

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And these were quite special.

 

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Even the husband was intrigued.

 

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Each piece had a story.

 

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But I’ll just give you one example.

 

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Two years?

 

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Damn. That’s dedication.

 

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George showed up again, though in iron this time.

 

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“Dumb” stoves?

I’ve cursed a few in my lifetime, but never knew they were actually a thing.

After George,  I knew I’d lost the husband.

 

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Because this is his idea of heaven.

They weren’t rusted, but these are just the sort thing he likes to fill our barn with.

( And if his were in good shape and displayed artfully like this? I wouldn’t half mind.)

 

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And because you know I can’t pass up an opportunity, let’s play Name That (not) Crap again.

 

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What is it …. #1?

 

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What is it… #2?

 

 

 

 

 

DeWitt Decorative Arts Museum…. a whole lotta silver and Name That (not) Crap.

 

I’ve visited a large number of museums in my day and tend to be jaded…. but I have to say, the collection of sterling silver in Williamsburg impressed even me.

 

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Some were simple.

 

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Others elaborate.

(Goose feet! I loved it.)

 

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Some embellished your shoes.

 

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Cases as far as the eye could see of master craftsmanship.

 

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The thought of polishing all these beauties left me quaking….

 

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But honestly…

 

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Wow.

 

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There was a cover for your honeycomb…

 

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A ceremonial scepter.

 

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And countless teapots.

 

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Morbid jewelry?

Check.

 

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Giant turtle?

 

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With a slightly bored husband mimicking the facial expression of the fellow over his shoulder?

Check.

 

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There was even a piece perfect for my Name That Crap game…. although it’s far from crap.

Let’s play!

What is it?

Revolutionary War Museums can be fun.

 

Really, they can.

For example…. is it me?

 

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Or is Paul Revere a dead ringer for Jack Black?

 

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See?

Fun!

 

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America looked a little different in the 1700’s.

 

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Back when this fellow was in charge.

 

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And who knew ole Ben was a songwriter?

 

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Not exactly top 40 material, but hey… he had other things on his mind.

 

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We spent hours exploring…..

 

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And were very impressed.

 

 

They brought history to life.

 

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And there was even a little Revolutionary Name That Crap!

 

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Can you guess?

 

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And how about…..

 

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Can you guess?

 

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One more.

 

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This was rusty so you know the husband loved it.

 

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We learned a lot… and I won’t bore you with it all.

 

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But it was a fascinating place.

 

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Filled with fascinating things.

 

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Admit it, you started humming Yankee Doodle Dandy when you saw that drum.

 

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They even had shoes!

 

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How great is that?

 

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Name That Crap #2

 

My first attempt at stumping WordPress readers with the husband’s crap failed miserably.

Name That Crap

Answer to Name That Crap

Clearly, you lot know your crap.

 

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No, it’s really not.

But let’s try again anyway.

 

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It stands approximately two feet tall and is made of wood and metal.

What it is?

 

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Yes, it is.

But I’ll need you to be more specific….

 

Answer to Name That Crap

 

I can see I’m going to have rummage around in the cellar and break out some more difficult pieces of crap for you to name.

Apparently this was too easy.

The crap…

 

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Is a White Cross Electric Vibrator.

 

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Model #25, circa 1917.

 

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Husband’s didn’t come in a complete set…

 

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Or with any of the fun original advertising…

 

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But you get the idea.

“In vibration there exists many of the secrets of life” ?

 

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Maybe I should fire that puppy up some day.

 

 

Congrats to Boo and Rusty.

Who win…

Absolutely nothing!

Except the right to say you know your crap.

Bravo!

 

We’re finally there….

 

Yes, it’s the last full day of the Arizona vacation.

 

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And to think it only took me 43 blog posts to get here.

 

 

Hey, don’t blame me. You’re the ones reading them.

Our day started in an arts and crafts gallery.  Sedona is full of them and not one will allow you take pictures.

So here’s a picture.

 

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I saw the framed blessing below and wished I knew someone who was getting married. It would have made a great gift.

 

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Next stop was the Sedona Heritage Museum.

 

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An unassuming little place tucked away in the canyon…

 

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Do ya see the red rocks in the background?

Huh?

Do ya?

 

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The husband happily strolled around outside and examined rusty things.

 

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There were lots of them.

 

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Including one I could identify but he couldn’t.

 

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Name That Crap.

Go….!

 

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The museum building itself began as a one room cabin and eventually morphed into an early settler’s ranch. It was filled with antiques original to the house, memorabilia and history of a bygone age.

Naturally they wouldn’t let you take pictures.

 

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So here are some pictures.

 

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Yes, that’s part of an authentic chuck wagon from the old west. A piece of tin was folded down from the back and held up by a timber. This acted as the kitchen counter for the camp cook… because really, how much space do you need to make beans?

 

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There were numerous out buildings to tour including this one that was filled with,

Well…

 

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Rusty crap.

But then in the back I saw…

 

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What?

 

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Yes.

The world’s only teal arches.

 

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I know.

Teal arches.

Remember, you saw it here first.