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Posted 4 years ago

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teresab220
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I go to estate sales frequently, and this is a piece that if found at an estate sale earlier this year. The family was conducting the sale of their grandparents belongings themselves. I apparently showed up as they were trying to wrap things up. Everything in the house was already gone, and all that was left were items in the garage.

As I dug through the items that were piled in the garage I ran across this unusually shaped cast iron piece. It was pretty dirty and I couldn't tell much about it, but thought it was worth taking home, so I bought it.

I got it home and brushed off the dirt and grime to discover that it had images of what looked like an old southern belle and possibly a military officer (he appears to be wearing a uniform with possibly a sword at his side). At the bottom edge the words Bessemer, Ala are embossed. I turned the piece over to see if it had any sort of makers mark and imagine my surprise to see that on the reverse side the gentleman (if I can use that term) had his hand up the ladies skirt! No wonder she appears to be gasping with her hand over her mouth on the front side!

I have no idea what this piece is (some sort of risque souvenir?) or where it originated, or it's age. I would love to know more about it. Such a unique piece!

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  1. lawat56 lawat56, 4 years ago
    VERY NICE PIECE OF OLD CAST IRON AND I LIKE THE CONTENT OF WHAT IT STANDS FOR SOUTHERN CHARM, I KNOWN THERE WAS A COMPANY IN ALA. THAT MADE SKILLETS AND THERE NAME WAS THE MARTIN STOVE CO. THEY MIGHT OF MADE IT FOR A LOCAL MARKET PLACE LIKE THE OLD COUNTRY STORE MAYBE, SURE WISH I HAD IT ON MY WALL ALL MY CAST IRON STUFF , I LOVE OLD CAST IRON AND THAT LOOKS OLD FOR SURE LOUIS W.
  2. stan leonard, 3 years ago
    I have a bell with the number 18 on it. It was left to me the story behind it is it was found in holland during the war. How can I find out if it is true and how much is it worth?
  3. Militarist Militarist, 11 months ago
    Based on the back side, it would be safe to say that this guy is no gentleman.

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