|Last month I shared with you all how I found an amazing vintage pie safe on the local classifieds site. I knew I had to at least go and look at it. As soon as I saw it I knew it was coming home with us.The owner did not know much about the piece other than it had belonged to her mother. I could only imagine the stories that it held.|
I attempted to find out more about the piece on my own but turns out I was reading the manufacturing stamp wrong that was on the back. Rita my blogging friend over at Panoply did a little sleuthing of her own and turns out that this piece was made by Henry W. Kemper, a German immigrant who came over to the US in 1869. In 1876 Henry opened Kemper Furniture at 560 Main Street in Troy, MO. From what I have been reading he made most of the furniture he sold. Not only did he build furniture but he also did a lot of custom work for Hechler Hardware Store. If I followed correctly his sister was married to the owner of Hechler Hardware but not 100% positive of that. Turns out that Henry also made coffins from time to time. He was a husband and father to 4 daughters and 1 son. His son took over the business and eventually sold it to the current owners. It now goes by Troy Furniture Company. I wish I could find a picture of him but one has not turned up yet.
|I originally was purchasing the piece to paint it but after finding out its history and knowing that it is possibly 140 + years old I decided I would not paint the outside after all.|
|At some point the inside of the cabinet was painted a french blue which was beautiful but I needed it to be a more neutral color.|
|I ended up going over the blue with some Old White and Country Gray.|
|Now the pie safe is the perfect spot to display some of my other treasured vintage finds.|
|These drawers hold the boys school supplies that we need when doing homework. I did not have that with the bakers rack that previously was in here. It comes in quite handy to say the least.|
|I wonder if Henry ever imagined what would become of his pieces as he worked on them?|
|This is truly a special piece even down to the working key hole. I just need to find a key that will work in it.|
|I think that it would make him happy to know that all these many years later someone is still loving and caring for a piece of furniture he made.|
If you by chance have any more information on Henry please do share it with me!
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