Jimmie and Jack Phelps, M.D., Lewisburg, TN
“My parents married right after World War II. After my father returned from serving, he decided he wanted to devote his life to good, and he became a doctor. My mother was a remarkable woman, too. She got her Master’s in Library Science from Peabody University, and she was one of the first certified children’s librarians in the country. In 1953, they moved into a log home that had been a small hunting and fishing cottage on a piece of land that was formerly a fairground. As our family grew to include 3 children, they bought another old log house, had it dismantled, then added those logs to the front of our home. My father passed away in 1999, and my late mother lived in the home until last year.
They were both huge history buffs, and had massive collections. My mother’s father collected rare books, which she also took an interest in, and her mother was a seamstress, which sparked her own collection of quilts. My siblings and I were raised going to country auctions; flea markets; rambling around old houses and collecting glass bottles and marbles; we went to every antique store between Tennessee and Canada.
My father was interested in the Civil War period because his great grandfather died in the Battle of Franklin. My father’s other main interest was primitive antique furniture, which he collected from this region. He knew how to refinish pieces without destroying the patina: he would sand them with fine sandpaper and steel wool, then he would add a thin layer of shellac, let it dry, and sand it again. He’d do that 30 times to every single piece he refurbished.” – Anne Phelps Reed, daughter
Antique Terry & Andrews Mahogany Steeple-on-Steeple Shelf Clock
Antique Art Nouveau Oak Cabinet with Leaded and Stained Glass Doors
1907 "Hunting Tales of the West", Volumes One -Three , by Theodore Roosevelt
Late 19th Century Hand Made Folk Art Friendship Quilt
Five Books on Battles from The American Civil War and Dragoon Campaigns
1886 Illustrated "History of Tennessee"
"Bad Accident" Cast Iron Mechanical Bank
1862 Cast Iron Acorn Match Safe
Late 19th Century Handmade Folk Art "Friendship" Quilt
Antique Handmade "Pinwheel Star" and "Hunter's Star" Block Quilts
Antique Tiger Maple Blanket Chest
Large Collection of Antique Hand Blown Spiral Twist Marbles
Antique Handmade "Tulip Basket" Red and Green Applique Quilt
Two Antique Pony Toys
1904 "The Marvelous Land of Oz" and 1913 "The Patchwork Girl"
Louisville International Harvester Cast Iron Bear Figurine
Antique Cherry Tennessee Two-Piece Jackson Press, Possibly Marshall County
1838 "The Family Physician" and 1876 "On Nasal Catarrh"
Antique Medical Books and Medicinal Bottles
Antique Transitional Federal-to-Empire Cherry Butler's Chest of Drawers
Antique Cast Iron Parakeet and Kingfisher Door Stops
Schramberger Majolikafabrik "Lily of the Valley" Plates, Early 20th Century
1889 "Kentucky Fossil Shells" and 1910 "The Prehistoric Men of Kentucky"
Vintage Handmade Green And White Applique Quilt
Vintage Rococo Style Carved Mahogany and Button-Tufted Chaise Lounge
Hand Painted Wall Tile Architectural Piece Framed and Signed
1901 First Edition "Candle-Lightin' Time" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Antique Walnut and Cherry Two-Piece Standing Desk-on-Frame
1905 Six Volume "The Winning of the West" by Theodore Roosevelt
Antique Amber Canning Jars And Milk Bottle
Vintage Handmade Yellow Calico "Eight-Point Star" Quilt
Antique Cherry Jackson Press, Probably Tennessee
Walnut and Cherry Two-Piece Standing Desk-on-Frame
“This stood in our living room and held our school photos and other memorabilia. When you open it, there’s a scorch mark on the top right from the candle they’d use while updating the ledgers. "
Transitional Cherry Butler’s Chest of Drawers
“This looks like a chest of drawers, but the top folds down. We always loved it as kids because we’d snoop around for the secret compartment: the top drawer is false and it opens down flat.”
Antique Cherry Jackson Press
“These and sugar chests are signature southern pieces. This early 19th Century one has sandwich glass knobs and was bought in Cornersville, TN.”
Antique Cherry Two-Piece Jackson Press
“This is a pre-Civil War piece that we think was local to Marshall County. It has reverse panels and was made in the 1800s by David McGahey, a prominent local figure.”