Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Once was Lost, Now is Found Chair

Yesterday, I came across this small, antique chair at the local recycling center. Some one had discarded it alongside one of the large dumpsters, and it was lying there in the snow, with a veil of light rain descending upon … Continue reading

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Skunk Palace? Hope Not!

There’s no doubt that the Mansfield House foundation is in need of some serious repair and re-pointing (not to mention rodent and air sealing) in certain areas, especially within the vicinity of the front steps and entry: But it wasn’t … Continue reading

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Another Amazing Mansfield House Old Photo

Here’s yet another old photograph of the Mansfield House, once again provided by my good friend Randal Ritter of the Derby Historical Society. The photo comes from the Bradley Glass Slide collection, a set of over 400 antique photographic slides … Continue reading

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Historic Windows: Some Primitive Treatments

Here are examples of two types of primitive window treatment we’ve chosen for several of our historic 12/12 windows in the Mansfield House (well, for the three clean ones, anyway). For the two front windows of the Hall, we’re using … Continue reading

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Historic Windows: Primitive Sash Locks

Have you ever seen anything like these before? They are a primitive form of sash lock, often found on historic or vintage wooden windows. The one on the left is a simple, turned oak dowel, while the one on the … Continue reading

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On Spring Like Days, Clean Windows

The weather’s been remarkably temperate this winter, in sharp contrast to last year’s severe snow storms. Today was a particularly mild day, where you could comfortably step outside in shirt sleeves if you felt like it. So, I was inspired … Continue reading

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Shop Vacuum Optimizations

Please Read This Disclaimer: A standard (residential/domestic) shop vacuum should never be used to pick up hazardous materials, or waste suspected to contain hazardous materials, including, but not limited to, lead paint particles or chips, lead dust, and asbestos. Nor … Continue reading

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Waterbed Adventures and a Ghost

The last caretaker living in the Mansfield House left a steel bed, box frame, and mattress behind, in the parlor chamber. This afternoon, I wanted just to move all this to another room, when I discovered, much to my chagrin, … Continue reading

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A Photo of the Mansfield House from Days Long Past

Here’s a photo of the Reverend Richard Mansfield House when it was situated at its original location, on the opposite side of Jewett Street, more or less where Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church and School stands today: From the sun and … Continue reading

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