Country Store Ribbon Showcase Cabinet, ca. 1890
This is a real treasure. It was given to me by a lady in Blackville, South Carolina, in 1966, and I have it at the beach, and when people visit me, instead of giving them a seashell, I give them a ribbon of their choice for their hair or maybe for a bookmark.
Oh, what a... that's a great idea!
Yes. It's a ribbon case.
It is a ribbon case. And in a country store, all these little spindles would have had ribbon on it and they could just pull it off there and measure it and sell it right there on the spot.
And the thing I love about this is, this is the Cadillac of ribbon cabinets.
It has a lot of walnut in it. Most of the time these cabinets are all golden oak, and the fact that it has walnut in it, I think, tells you that it was meant to be a top-tier type thing. And it's sometime from the late 1800s, probably 1880s, 1890s. This is the kind of thing that somebody that collects country store collectibles would be crazy about. We think a good insurance value on this would probably be about $3,000.
It's a good keepsake.
Yeah, I'd wondered, if you gave me a ribbon what I'd do with it, now I know I could use it as a bookmark. 'Cause I sure don't have any hair to put it on! (laughs)
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