|Kak's Antique Hutch in our home|
Kak always kept her fancy china and dishes in the top. The bottom was full of her favourite candies (Hershey Kisses and Hugs) and other snack food.
Her stereo was in there too and every morning at 5 a.m when she got up, the stereo went on.
But the hutch has a convoluted family history! It was locally made in or near the small town of St. Mary's but we are not sure of its age. It appears to be a unique piece of work, not factory produced.
Its journey began with the Mercer family of St. Mary's, who co-incidentally married into my husband's Purdue family through his 2nd great grand aunt Caroline Purdue (born 1877)
|Caroline Purdue Mercer|
In the 1980s Kak ended up working for the elderly sisters as a housekeeper. Since it was a small town they knew Kak was connected to the Mercer family and they told her the story of the hutch's history. When the last sister passed away Kak attended their estate auction and bought the hutch.
|Hutch Ready to be stripped|
|Bits & Pieces|
And so here it sits in our home. As you can see we've started putting a few of our own treasures in it for display.
Below is a photo of the hutch when Kak had it in her home. Two other things of interest - see the dishes in the bottom left of the hutch when Kak had it in her kitchen? Those are 4 antique soup bowls, double handled. Kak loved soup and had it every day for lunch.
|Kak's Hutch in her home|
Kak taught me to make soup and she knew I made it all the time. How wonderful that she thought of me, her grandson's wife. I eat my soup from those bowls now too.
The last thing that we love about this is the red tray you can see in the photo of the hutch as it stands now in our home. You can't see it very well but it's on the bottom shelf, middle.
The tray was one that Kak used when she worked as a waitress at the Royal Edward Hotel in St. Mary's in the late 1930s. The Hotel was owned by Mr. & Mrs. Pinney and because Kak was a young bride with very little money they often gave her items and furniture from their own home. My husband and I have some of those items in our home now but that's a story for another day.
|Kak working at Royal Edward Hotel|