A Lesson In History

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word provenance as “the history of ownership of a valued object or work of art”. The value of an item is determined in its simplest form by supply and demand. Knowing the provenance of an antique can certainly add value to the item by making it more desirable. We try, whenever possible, to obtain the provenance of antiques and salvaged items that we acquire. For example, a door knob that we have in our private collection evoked quite a bit of passionate conversation on a recent Facebook post. The door knob (pictured) came from an apartment of John F. Kennedy in New York. Although seemingly evil in appearance, knowing that the hand of JFK grasped this knob makes it an item that we desired to have. There could be other identical door knobs in existence, but being able to trace the history of ownership of this particular knob back to this President makes it priceless to us.

We don’t know the history of all items that we acquire. The sheer volume of architectural pieces that we house make it impossible. Sometimes, the information is just not available, but often we are able to acquire historical information and are thrilled to make it available to our customers. We recently acquired this majestic door (pictured) that once hung in an 1880’s Victorian style manor in Fayetteville, Tennessee. We were able to acquire information on the home as well as the owner.

Just last year we salvaged items from The Gay House, a Queen Anne home in Montgomery, Alabama built in 1899 that was once considered a major architectural attraction in the South. Many in the Montgomery community mourned the loss of The Gay House, but we were able to salvage quite a number of items. Some of which were purchased by customers who had a connection to or held fond memories of the house. The items were valued because of their provenance.

We invite you to plan a trip soon to Southern Accents. Come on by and let us share with you a bit of the fascinating history that we’ve been able to acquire on some of our pieces. Our private collection is always on display at the store. We would love to share the history with you.

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