Want To Earn A Million Dollars?

The Cross House has eight fireplaces. All were originally coal-burning (but I am not sure why they were ever used as the house had a new-fangled radiator system).

Each opening is surrounded by an artful array of figurative tiles by the American Encaustic Tiling Company. A few have gone missing over the years.

So, here is the deal. If you ever come across matching tiles, I will pay you a million dollars! Yes, a million dollars!



In the Octagon Bedroom, one tile is missing, and was infilled with a plain red tile. The adjacent tile was at some point reinstalled upside-down. The tiles are 6×6. The color in the image is not accurate.



The upside-down miscreant.



I have righted the image. Again, I need one such 6×6 tile. The color is accurate.



The 6×6 tiles in the Sewing Room. I need two.



One wonders what happened to this poor dear?



After a whole year of a daily eBay search, at last matching tiles were found. Whoee! But, darn, the color does not match. Poo.



Oh, this will confirm that I do, indeed, have a million dollars.


  1. Marta on April 29, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Couldn’t you just replace the sewing room tiles with these others, and just make a pattern of sorts, color-wise? I know it wouldn’t be exactly right, but it would be the same laurel wreath pattern and still using antique tiles. Just a thought. Not sure how many original tiles are in the fireplace, but you might be able to make these five good replacements work.

  2. meganmoss82 on April 29, 2015 at 10:46 am

    You may have luck with these three salvage yards that don’t have big websites or use ebay – if you send them pictures they’ll keep an eye peeled… Pinch of the Past in Savannah, Architectural Antiques and Design in Charleston, and Architectural Accents in Atlanta. I’ve been to all three, and the last two especially have astounding tile collections. Which reminds me, I need to do the same…

    • Ross on April 29, 2015 at 11:02 am

      OK! I contacted all three salvage yards! Crossing my fingers….

  3. Barb on April 29, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Ross: I’m not sure if you’d be willing to go with a reproduction. But Su Harvey at Prairie Mile Tile does beautiful work, and might be able to reproduce the tiles for you.

    Here’s a link to her website:

  4. kate on August 2, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Alright, I search their entire inventory and came up with a lot of “close but no cigar”, but they do have a lot, so perhaps watch these guys? http://ogtstore.com/architectural-antiques/antique-tile.html
    Best of luck with your search!

  5. kate on October 13, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Still searching, but have you considered reproductions?

    • Ross on October 27, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Cool! But they are gold, and I need pale lettuce green!

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