Santa Arrives Early

While I continue my trauma-induced obsessive cleaning frenzy of the Cross House, I ventured into the basement.

This level is pretty much spotless. I regularly vacuum every square inch, and even wipe down the tops of my four beloved pulse boilers.

But…but…one room has remained largely untouched since I purchased the house: Aladdin’s Cave.

This room is filled with shelving. And on this shelving rests countless bits for the house. There are columns and column capitals and trim and Lincrusta and exterior metal cornice bits and and hardware and old glass and porch spindles and redwood shingles. Oh my.

I did an emergency cleaning of the room a few months after buying the house but it has never had a deep clean. I mean, please don’t ask me to look behind/under the shelving. Please.

The other day, while beginning to effect some cleaning magic on the room, I noticed a tall, thin cardboard box. Its top had been opened but it was evident that its contents had never been disturbed. The box was addressed to the previous owner.

WHAT was in it????????



The box was stuffed so tight that I had to cut it to gain access. It looked like a bunch of lighting! My excitement mounted!



Oh! This is gas fixture. Was kind of shade did it have????????



Oh! A gas/electric fixture. I am unsure if the arms are positioned correctly. I will keep this. It will look great in the main pantry.



Oh! Two very simple gas ceiling fixtures, missing their canopies. If I can find somebody to convert these to electric, I will add shades (and canopies) and sell them. Ditto for all the other gas fixtures.



Oh! A two-arm gas fixture. One gas valve is missing.



Oh my! This is my fav, a three-arm gas fixture. I will sell it, too, because it is not gas/electric.



It has particularly gorgeous gas valves and matching bits.





  1. David on November 23, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Hey Ross, I was wondering if the Gas/electric lighting was only partial to some rooms, what if other rooms that were “insignificant” to the owners like servant areas had only gas or only electric lighting?

    • Ross on November 23, 2016 at 11:32 am

      The evidence supports gas/electric throughout the house.

  2. Californianinkansas on November 23, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    You are the perfect person for the contents of that box!

    • Ross on November 23, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      I am!

  3. Cindi M on November 24, 2016 at 6:26 am

    May the basement continue to yield treasures! Happy Thanksgiving to you and the kitties.

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