What a great story, Sharran. Such a treasure, especially since it was made by your ancestor. Is it made of pine? I've seen them made from all kinds of different woods of the region, though, sometimes from several different woods in the same piece. I have a pie safe, but it's not a family piece, unfortunately. We bought it in Old Washington KY. Maybe you are familiar with it--just south of Maysville, which was originally named Limestone. In the 1800's , Harriet Beecher Stowe visited Old Washington during the time she lived in Cincinnati. She drew upon stories she heard in the area for some of the material for Uncle Tom's Cabin. Some of the original buildings from the earliest days of white settlement of KY are there. . If you have some white plates, you could stand them up in back of the cranberry glass, making it show up nicely, especially if you laid white napkins or some other cloth under the glass. The pitchers sound like a good idea, though.
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