The Cross House
It will not surprise anybody to learn that I am obsessed with the Cross House.
But there are…sub-obsessions, too.
This means that while I am obsessed with the house overall, I am continually overtaken with smaller obsessions.
Thus, one week I might be fixated with, ah, stained-glass windows.
Another week might be porch columns.
Or perhaps cross-hatched windows?
Anybody owning an old house will know exactly of what I speak.
HUNTING 4 HARDWARE
Amazingly, and particularly considering all that the Cross House has been through, almost all the 1894 hardware is in situ.
There are three pairs of pockets doors, and these retain their hardware. But there is also a single very wide pocket door (between the main bedroom and sewing room). This door is missing its Yale & Towne door pulls.
I knew this, but never gave the issue much thought.
But as this week is the official Obsessed With Hardware Week, I had no choice — no choice! — but to scour the almost 9,000 square-foot house for the missing hardware.
In the vast basement is shelving supporting a lot of house bits. There is trim and porch pieces and window parts and…hardware. In this treasure trove I found a pocket door pull. Whoee!
But just one. My heart sank, for this meant that the matching pull was gone.
Quite vexed, I thought: The matching pull must be here somewhere!
And I found it! On a shelf in the butler’s pantry! Whoee! A MEHU!!!!!! (Major euphoric hardware upswing.)
The pulls though, like all the hardware in the house, looked dull and lifeless.
So I cleaned up one pull.