Wednesday, February 20, 2008


James and I are both collectors but he collects a whole lot more stuff than I do. His "stuff" includes anything that's old so the barn is full and just about every nook and cranny in the house has one of his "valuables" hidden away only to be dragged out to show when someone who's interested might come by.

This is our collection of old Marshall Pottery butter churns that we both love. We have a #2, #4, and #5 churn (the numbers are the gallons each will hold) but no lids or dashers for them yet. We suspect the brown jug was a moonshine container, we know the gray one is because it was found in a cellar beneath an old liquor store that was torn down a few years ago. (Some of those jugs still contained moonshine!) We don't know the purpose of the 2 gallon white jug, but James's father found it many years ago in a field he was plowing. On the far left are old marbles that James (often with the help of the grandbabies) has found over the years.

James also collects indian artifacts that he finds every so often. These are celts used by the indians who lived in our area(mostly Quapaw and Tunica tribes). The indians used these tools for breaking bones, etc,,, and for scraping hides. He also has a stone chopping hoe somewhere, I'll take more photos of some of the indian tools one day.

I collect hummingbirds so here are a some of my lovelies. I'm also partial to teapots but I only have 3 of those right now.


Sally said...

Wow, I love your collections! All of them. It's always exciting to learn what others are interested in. I'm not surprised at all about your hummingbirds. And, oh my, I just lurve the teapots!

The only real thing I collected over the years was bells. I'll have to photo them sometime, and show you. I bet, though, that James would like the wooden towel rack that my grandfather made and nailed next to the outside door by the water pump. It was made around 1895. I've had it for years and have yet found a place to hang it; it's so heavy.

Thank you Ms. Brenda, for this special look into your life.

Crystal said...

The question is Miz Brenda...Did you TASTE the moonshine??? Inquiring minds want to know;)

My grandmother had those same type butter churns too. It was a pretty big one but I don't know what # it was..

Those Hummingbirds are pretty!

Donna said...

I've got my Mothers butter churn...the one in your picture on the far right. With the lid and wood churn. It was her Mothers.
I love the hummingbirds...Great peek at y'alls collection girl!

Pisser said...

I dig those churn-y things, and the old marbles too.

Do *not* sample the moonshine.

"Little Brown Jug" - isn't that a song?

cassie-b said...

I especially like the hummingbirds.

I seem to have a collection of scissors - lots of different kinds. I never really started a collection, just really like them. The collection just sort of happened.

And Don seems to collect just about everything.

I tried moonshine once when we lived in South Carolina. Once was enough.

Virginia Gal said...

I bet a yard sale at your house would uncover some great finds!

jazzi said...

I love the crocks! I've hinted heavily that I would love to have my grandma's old pickle crocks, but I don't know if it's going to happen.
You never know what you can find in the field. My dad actually found a civil war sword in a field once, and plenty of Native American artifacts. In our area its Shawnee.

bermudabluez said...

It's always interesting to learn what other people collect!! I have a couple of collections myself. I should do a blog post about that someday. Thanks Brenda!!

Andie Pandie said...

Brenda, I'll have to take a picture of my Native American collection for you. I got it from my grandfather who collected that stuff like crazy. :)

Special K said...

I can't wrap my head around the idea of deliberately collecting anything -- I'm more about ridding out.

But I think you probably already knew that.

I like the butter churns, though!

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