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A True Antique...One Of A Kind...Governors Six-Foot Oak Shaving Stand..Patent January 15, 1904

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    Posted 8 years ago

    officialfuel
    (490 items)

    Governor of Indiana Warren Terry McCray's six-foot oak shaving stand. Patent January 15, 1904.
    I love old things. I guess it all started about twenty years ago, I was going through a divorce and to get me out of the house and to get my mind off of the divorce I started going to garage sales with a friend I had meet through my brother and his wife.This was good therapy trying to keep my mind off of that and stay busy. My friend and I would go garage sailing on Saturdays and sell at flea markets on Sundays. Sometimes on Saturday we would fill his truck completely full with some great finds. Some things we would not sell and keep for ourselves. After setting up on Sundays and packing up I would always help him pack his things too. I swear we were always the last to leave and get out of there.See we both had our own enclosed trailers and after we were packed up and heading home, he would always invite me home with him because his wife would always have a great home cook meal waiting for us. Those were some of the best picking days I've ever had, after a long day in the sun then always was that great meal on Sunday evening,what a way to end a beautiful week. It wasn't to long after that that they moved away and I started going to auctions. I think there were auctions five nights a week back then, everyone had there hand in it and then on weekends there was a sale on Saturday mornings and some on Sundays. One day before they moved away we were going through Brownsburg, Indiana and right in town there was this big old beautiful house that the man was putting a for sale sign in the yard by owner. I fell in love with that house right then and knew I wanted it. I called the man and went there the next night with my friends and after looking I told him I would take it. I had all ready been pre approved and knew what I could afford and well the rest is history. I had the house in a little over a month and I have had so much fun landscaping and decorating the inside. The first thing I did outside was put canvas awnings on the front of the house to make it look like back in the days it was built, see the house was built in the twenties. I then had a wood gothic fence put up in the back yard and to finish the front I had a rod iron fence put up. After landscaping the front and the back it was starting come together. I love landscaping with all perennials because they come up year after year. Well back to the inside, It was hard finding the furniture I wanted at garage sales so that's why I went to auctions and estate sales because there was a better selection to chose from. One day I was looking at the ad in Lafayette, Indiana and they had a oak shaving stand that was going to be for sale. Not only was it just any shaving stand the ad said it was outstanding 6' oak shaving stand with bevel mirror and 2 doors (originally from Gov. McCray's estate in Brook, Indiana). After seeing the ad I knew it would look great in the bathroom upstairs. So I went there on that Saturday and they said I had my days confused and it was next Saturday that it would be for sale. So I went home and thought am I not suppose to have this, I've never messed up like that before. Well I got up early that next Saturday, it was 62 miles away from home and headed there again. It was a cold morning being in March. I got there and fell in love with it and thought I been here twice, I'm taking this home because that space in the bathroom would look great with that sitting there. Well it took hours before they brought it up so I went to the restroom and when I came out it was up on the block being auction off. I thought to myself am I suppose to even have this after what happen last week and now coming out of the restroom and it being on the block and almost missed it again. Well I got the winning bid and brought it home spending way more than I intended too, but I thought I've been there twice it's going home with me.After getting it home I looked up some information on Warren Terry McCray, 1865-1938. He was Governor between January10,1921-April 30,1924. Warren was born in Kentland Indiana a banker's son and was educated in public schools. He clerked in his father's bank from the time he was fifteen and took over as president when his father died in 1913. McCray's financial interest also included a chain of grain elevators and a stock farm on which he bred Hereford cattle. McCray was elected governor in 1920. His personal financial affairs suffered severe reversals during his governorship, and he was forced to resign in 1924 after being convicted of mail fraud in a case relating to his financial collapse. McCray served three years in federal prison, then returned to Kentland to rebuild his stock farm. He later received a full pardon from Herbert Hoover. Even though the Governor McCray doesn't have a good history, the shaving stand looks great in the upstairs bathroom. A correspondent by the name of Lynn Hopper of The Indianapolis Star did a article on me July 22, 1996. I was very honored by that as I am very honored again by you Collectors Weekly as you have ask me to write about something I own and cherish. I want to thank you again Michael Jones.

    Comments

    1. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 8 years ago
      Now I like that shaving stand, that would go real nice with my barber shop collectibles.
    2. officialfuel officialfuel, 8 years ago
      Thank you ttomtucker! Your so right it would look great. Theres a blog on this item in furniture if you care to read. Thanks!
    3. chevy59 chevy59, 8 years ago
      Incredible piece!
    4. officialfuel officialfuel, 8 years ago
      Thank you chevy59.
    5. Chevelleman69 Chevelleman69, 8 years ago
      What a great find!
    6. officialfuel officialfuel, 8 years ago
      Thank you Chevelleman69 for your comment!
    7. officialfuel officialfuel, 8 years ago
      Thank you James!
    8. officialfuel officialfuel, 8 years ago
      Thank you rustyboltz!
    9. officialfuel officialfuel, 8 years ago
      Thank you MooreAntique!
    10. officialfuel officialfuel, 8 years ago
      Thank you VictorianLady!
    11. Hippichic, 8 years ago
      Beautiful piece and a great story behind it...as I was reading I could feel your excitement and yearning to acquire it, and bring it home...but even though you may not have known for certain then, it was yours from the moment you first laid eyes on it...and the journey you had to take is part of what you live for, the chase, the hunt, and then the exciting realization that it's finally yours to take home!...those are the items that are as cherished and precious as a family heirloom ...well done!
    12. officialfuel officialfuel, 8 years ago
      Thank you so much for the kind words Hippichic and for showing some love! Have a great week! :-)
    13. Hippichic Hippichic, 8 years ago
      You betcha babe, your story touched me and I just had to go there...I think we've all been in that situation where we didn't know if it was really meant to be, but I believe some of the best things in life are the ones that didn't come easy, I appreciate them more...ride safe my friend ;)
    14. marcobabe13 marcobabe13, 8 years ago
      Loved your story as much as the shaving stand! I'm very familiar with all of the towns that are mentioned in your story...Brook, Kentland, Lafayette (Go Purdue).
      My mother was born in Fair Oaks and her family all lived in Brook, Rensselaer, Shelby, and Lowell. I wonder if any of my ancestors knew Gov. McCray? I'm sure they knew about the scandal. Compared to today's scandals, however, McCray's mistake looks minor. Politicians today have remained in office for more serious offenses!
    15. officialfuel officialfuel, 8 years ago
      Thank you marcobabe13 for stopping by. Your so right about todays politicians!! You have a great day! :-)
    16. officialfuel officialfuel, 8 years ago
      Thank you trukn20!
    17. officialfuel officialfuel, 8 years ago
      Thank you rustyboltz!
    18. leighannrn leighannrn, 8 years ago
      Love your story, beautiful piece of furniture!
    19. officialfuel officialfuel, 8 years ago
      Thank you leighannrn for the nice comment! :-)
    20. officialfuel officialfuel, 8 years ago
      Thank you MMM for showing some love on the old antique shaving stand!! :-)
    21. officialfuel officialfuel, 7 years ago
      Thank you destiny.g.v., this is one of my favorite pieces of furniture.
    22. officialfuel officialfuel, 7 years ago
      Thank you shughs!
    23. officialfuel officialfuel, 7 years ago
      Thank you cindyjune and egreeley1976!
    24. sanhardin sanhardin, 7 years ago
      Nice story Michael
    25. officialfuel officialfuel, 7 years ago
      Thank you sanhardin for the love and the nice compliment!
    26. officialfuel officialfuel, 7 years ago
      Thank you FineLines for stopping by, also thank you for the nice comment! (:-)
    27. officialfuel officialfuel, 7 years ago
      Thank you mtg75!
    28. officialfuel officialfuel, 7 years ago
      Thank you Designer!
    29. officialfuel officialfuel, 7 years ago
      Thank you Stonie and Longings for showing some love!!
    30. officialfuel officialfuel, 7 years ago
      Thank you BELLIN68!!
    31. officialfuel officialfuel, 6 years ago
      Thank you chrissylovescats for loving the old shaving stand!

      Michael
    32. officialfuel officialfuel, 6 years ago
      Thank you thomatroutman for stopping by and showing some love on the shaving stand! Welcome to CollectorsWeekly. :-)

      Michael
    33. thomatroutman thomatroutman, 6 years ago
      Not only do I think this is a great piece....my Dad can't say enough about it - and he keeps asking me about the barber's chair! A great piece of Americana - Hoosier Proud! Went to grad school at Butler; had our first son in Indy - this is a really unique and great find. thanks for sharing!
      sherri
    34. officialfuel officialfuel, 6 years ago
      Thank you Sherri for stopping back by and leaving the nice comment and the awesome compliment! Glad your dad loves it as well. :-)

      Michael
    35. officialfuel officialfuel, 6 years ago
      Thank you blegoff for the love!

      Michael
    36. officialfuel officialfuel, 6 years ago
      Thank you blunderbuss2 for the love!

      Michael
    37. officialfuel officialfuel, 6 years ago
      Thank you Kathycat for the love!

      Michael
    38. officialfuel officialfuel, 6 years ago
      Thank you sugargirl for the love!

      Michael
    39. officialfuel officialfuel, 6 years ago
      Thank you AntigueToys for the love!

      Michael
    40. officialfuel officialfuel, 6 years ago
      Thank you scottvez for liking the shaving stand!

      Michael
    41. officialfuel officialfuel, 6 years ago
      Thank you vetraio50 for the love!!

      Michael
    42. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you iggy, MountainGirl, aura, for the love!

      Michael
    43. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you ttomtucker for hitting the love button again!

      Michael
    44. roddyq roddyq, 2 years ago
      Nothing better then reading a great story with a good ending!! It was ment to be with you Michael. Maybe you paid a bit too much something we seem to do from time to time:)) in the end the dividends more then cover this as it is such a beautiful piece of history.
    45. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you roddyq for the love and the great comment! It's still with me and in the upstairs bathroom. It goes great in my old home! Again thank you for the kind words!

      Michael
    46. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you usedcarlady for the love!

      Michael
    47. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you bijoucaillouvintage and vintagegirl66 for the love!

      Michael
    48. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you Lamplover78 and swampdogg for the love!

      Michael

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