NEW CASTLE NEWS, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26. 1946 • 5 Author of Early American Furniture Makers Story of American Furniture Collecting Antiques in America •He|. U S. fat. OS. Plans Readied For Vets' Xmas Gifts The Popular Sideboard In an era when course dinners were unheard of, the term side board was a literal one. Func tionally this piece was the 18th Century version of today's serv ing pantry. On its broad top the various fish dishes, roasts of beef, veal, mutton, pork, and poultry, which it was the custom to serve all at once, were carved and kept hot during the meal. It was a piece of furniture that appeared in its most elaborate form in the credit for its origin has been given him quite erroneously. For the man who took the elements of the sideboard's predecssors and evolved them into a hand some and useful piece of dining- room furniture, was Thomas Shearer, a prominent cabinet maker of London and a contem porary of both Hepplewhite and Sheraton. He also published a book related to furniture. It was The Cabinetmaker's r AN AMERICAN SIDEBOARD Made of mahogany with liberal use of rich crotch veneering in decorating doors and dmvver fronts, this piece was made about 1800. probably in either Boston or New Y- • homes of the wealthy where it was the post of the butler dur ing dinner. Here he presided, do ing some of the carving, super vising the floormen who did the actual serving. After the meal was over, the sideboard became a butler's pan try. With the last of the diners gone, deep, lead-lined drawers were filled with hot water for washing fine glass and silver. Other drawers stored the partly empty bottles of wines and stronger vintages. Into knife box es that were part of the sideboard went the silver that never left the diningroom and with a few choice pieces of silver, china and glass set on its top, the side board became between meals a display piece. Changing ways of life eventu ally removed dishwashing to the kitchen along with the charcoal brazier for keeping food hot, and the sideboard changed accord ingly. Early pieces were brought up to date by the removal of the lead lining of sink drawers. Oc casionally a sideboard of this type will be found in original condi tion and thus testify to an ear lier mode of life. This versatile piece which was the immediate descendant of the earlier side table, first made its appearance about 1788 and was made in the styles of Hepple white, Sheraton and the Regency, both in England and America. Because it came to notice first in Hepplewhite's book of designs, London Book of Prices and con tained a number of plates of de sign, including five signed by Shearer, showing the new side board which he had originated. Craftsmen both sides of the At lantic were soon making pieces in this manner. Those in Am erica began filling orders from their clients about 1790, adapting the design to the simpler tastes of the new country. Dishwash ing and water storage features were omitted from most Ameri can pieces but the general out lines followed the designs of Shearer. Among the craftsmen here who made especially fine pieces in this form were Mills and De- ming of New York, who special ised in sideboards. Several exam ples have survived bearing their label. In Boston, John Seymour and Son made sideboards with tambour slides instead of doors for the closet beneath the cen tral drawers. Salem, Massachu setts, cabinet-makers also made a number of fine sideboards which were sold far from their place of origin. And in Bruns wick, New Jersey, Matthew Eger- ton made sideboards that anyone could be proud to own today. Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Charleston, South Carolina, had their cabinetmakers who produ ced this piece with interesting local details. But whatever the individual interpretation, the de sign remained that of Thomas Shearer. Mrs. Philander Bates, local chairman of the American Red Cross Community Service to Camps and Hospitals, at a meet ing at her home on September 19, spoke to the committee of representatives of community or ganizations on preparing Chap- paqua's quota of Christmas box es for hospitalized veterans and Christmas gifts for embarkees and debarkees. This important and friendly project was under taken during the war years, and is being continued with the hope that the residents of Chappaqua will donate generously to it. The committee consists of Mrs. James Elton Bragg, Mrs. Robert Browne, Mrs. James Dodge, Mrs. Arthur W. Fyfe, Mrs. Palmer Graham, Mrs. William Libby, Mrs. Charles Menagh, Mrs. Will iam Schroeder, who has to her credit the remarkable job she did last year as Chairman, Mrs. Da vid Scott and Mrs. Gray Will iams. The Christmas boxes, which are to go to the veterans in the four installations in this area, contain about a dozen comfort articles, individually wrapped in gay paper, packaged in a box which will be decoratively dis guised by seasonal wrappings, and topped by a Christmas card made by the Junior Red Cross. The gifts to the embarkees and debarkees consist of a single smal present, also put up in Christmas paper and a card. The Community Service to Camps and Hospitals is acting as the medium through which Chappa qua may contribute a bit of Christmas cheer to the hospita lized men in this area. The com mittee will be able to buy the gifts and articles to good advan tage at wholesale, and will be responsible for packaging them unless an organization wishes to do so itself after donating the money for the contents. Chap- paqua's quota is 150 gift boxes and gifts. The committee is working with such community groups as the Women's Auxiliary of the Fire Patrol, the American Legion, the Congregational Church Women's Society, the Women's Auxiliary of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, the Women's Groups of the Quaker Church, the Catholic Daughters, the PTA, the King's Daughters, the Book Club, the Garden Club, the Study Club, and the Neighborhood Club. It is hoped that the response will be generous and wholehearted. It is also hoped that any indi viduals who do not come into contact with a group will wish to share in this seasonal mess age to the hospitalized veterans in this area. These latter mny do so by getting in touch with Mrs. David Scott, Dodge Farm, telephone 389. ALLEN'S VACATION Tom Ormsbee will be glad to give specific information about any heir loom readers may have. To get this free expert identification, write to Tom Ormsbee, New Canaan, Connecticut, enclosing a clear photograph and de scription of your heirloom, a self-addressed envelope and fifteen cents to cover stenographic costs. MIKKELSEN'S EXPRESS & STORAGE CO., Inc. Local and Long Distance Moving Packing — Shipping — Crating GERALD MARSHALL, General Manager Telephones Pleasantville 180 Mt. Kisco 5388 Dr. and Mrs. Herbert B. Allen of Bedford Road left today for a vacation at Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks They will return the week of October 7. A. WILLIAMS FINE CABINET WORK DONE AND REPAIRED UPHOLSTERY ANTIQUE FURNITURE BOUGHT, SOLD AND RESTORED (Established in 1912 in Pleasantville) 56 Ossining Road Pleasantville Phone 211 Citolly Chappaqua Says: Last week Cholly went down to the village. The day was hot and the children were all in school and the sound of their voices through the open windows was like the droning of bees over Chappaqua. Everybody that Cholly met said, \My dear, I never see anybody and nothing ever happens here\ and this sounded strange because Cholly knows that everything that happens inthe world happens here in Chappaqua too. On September 8, the James Canniffs had a baby daughter and they have named her Violet Belle. Mary and Edwin Evans have a daughter, too. She was born September 14 and her name is Barbara Lynne. Dorothy Gabriel spent the summer teaching swimming to young vacationers at Camp Allegro in New Hampshire. Now that vacation time is over Dorothy is taking hers • . . visiting her sister at Bernardstown, Mass. June Erdrich went to Canada and got cold and went on down to Virginia Beach and didn't get warm enough so she came back home to Chappaqua last week. Margaret Larson has gone back to school in Washington, D. C. Sam Lessey recently attended the World Student Congress in Prague. Cholly does not know whom he met there but later he wen to Ingolstadt, Germany, and met John T. Conrad of Chappaqua who is with a Military Government Detachment. Sam told John or vice-versa where you can find James Leete, at 12233223 501st Tactical Control, A\. P. O. 62, Bad Kissengen, Germany. Why don't you write Jimmy a \leeter?\ Kae Reagan, her child, her husband and her cat, arrived in Chappaqua last Friday by coach instead of by car, since their car, alas, had been stolen. The Carl Stolles of Hardscrabble Road have gone to Califor nia. The Lindenthalers are going to the Danbury Fair on Satur day but not alone. The Howard Swensons, the Everett Givens, the George Coles and Helen and Pete Petronio are all going with them. Mrs. Lewis Raymond's parents are here from Oregon. And Marvin McCord Lowes isn't here ... he has gone to Paris. When the Book Club met last Tuesday at the home of Mrs. J. M. Haviland, Miss Mabel Brown was on hand and reviewed the Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru. When Edith Macaulay came back from Wisconsin she left Bruce, aged 7, behind with pneumonia. Bruce is over the pneu monia now but he is still with his grandparents, the Paul Millers, at Winneconne, Wisconsin, and wants to know winneconne come home? John Trainers was nine years old on Monday and his mother gave him a birthday party to prove it. As a charter member of the S- P. C. P. (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Parents) Cholly would like to go on record as stating that he disapproves of birthday parties. It has always seemed to Cholly that a child's mother having suffered on the day he was born should not be required to suffer annually on the anniversary of this event. Val Nisbeth who got out of the Merchant Marine not long ago is now tired of resting and will go back to college soon. John Wittwer went West. His father George went with him. This excursion was to Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was only tem porary since the Wittwers, father and son, have now returned to Chappaqua. Ruth Foster left for Guam last Tuesday. Her husband, John, is already there. Eighty-seven people turned out for the Congregational Church luncheon last Thursday. This turned out to be more people than places, but placed or dis-placed everybody ate, though some people ate in the kitchen. Mrs. Joseph Thomas suffered from hot feet recently. The reason? She spilt boiling water on them. Edgar Holmes went to Baltimore on business, which pre sumably he completed since he is now back home in Chappaqua. If anybody has a lovely child aged 3 or 4 whom they love and would love to get rid of three mornings a week contact Mrs. William Hunt on Mill River Road. Her play school has an un expected vacancy. \Doc\ Wellins went to the New Rochelle Hospital to stay a little while and found out he would have ta stay longer. But Doc is getting on now and will soon be out. On Tuesday, September 24, the Womans Guild of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin held its first executive board meeting at the home of Mrs. Bruce Cyr on Quaker Road. Mrs. Harold DuFour, Mrs. Francis Warren, Mrs. George Ayers, Mrs. Wes ley Heilman, Mrs. George Cane, Mrs. Palmer Graham, Mrs. Maxine Hecht, Mrs. E. C. M. Stahl and Mrs. William Jones all attended. The Henderson Mathews have almost got their house finished. The Lambert Davis' have got a finished house. They found one in Ossining, vacant but not empty, since it was furnished. Now it is both furnished and filled . . . with the Davis', who hav ing found it, immediately moved in. Roy and Irene Psaty used to live in Chappaqua. Their young son, Michael Cooper Psaty, has never had that experience since Roy and Irene have acquired him since leaving here. Last week-end Helen Hecht entertained her mother-in-law while Fels Heoht entertained his mother. Since Helen and Fels are married the two were entertaining one . . . Mrs. Clara Hecht of New York City.