The Cross House
I am breathless to announce a yard sale at the Cross House! INCREDIBLE things are going to be for sale!
Like a Studebaker Colonial phaeton!
A Van range!
Five pairs of damask portieres!
And so on!
Oh…wait…oops…I made a…mistake.
There IS a sale…yes…but it was…113-years ago.
This amazing discovery was forwarded to me by John and Becky Doan, who own Paper Moon Antiques in Emporia.
I was gobsmacked! The sale item are quite likely ORIGINAL furnishings of the 1894 Cross House! Oh, how I would kill to time travel to the sale and BUY EVERYTHING!
Five pairs of damask portieres! Three pairs chenille portieres!
I desperately want the solid cherry library table! And I do not even know what it looks like!
WHAT though is a VAN range? I assume this was a coal/wood range made by Van but a quick Google search turned up nothing.
WHAT is a Studebaker Colonial phaeton?
Harrison Cross died shortly after the Cross House was built. Susan Cross died in 1902. The house was sold in 1907. As such, this 1904 sale is interesting, time-wise.
The sale could not be all the furnishings in the house. So, why a partial sale? The Cross’ heir was their granddaughter, Mary Cross. Was Mary selling just items she did not need? Or, did the estate need some cash? I do not know.
THE intriguing question: are any of these furnishing extant in Emporia????????