Pie Safe wrote at 2010-10-31 00:27:36
This is a 5 year old post...but, I have an antique "pie safe" with the R.E. Lasher stenciled patent on the back. This piece has been in my family over 100 years. My grandmother told me before she died, that it was her mothers. She was from Alton, Il. Which would make sense, being that it was close to St. Louis where R.E. Lasher and Co. was located. I think if both our pieces have a patent stenciled on the back, that Lasher must have been a small manufacturer around 1890. My pie safe also has C K & Son Carrollton Ills written in big letters across the back by hand. I'm not sure the connection, possibly a freight company that moved it, I'm now states away? My pie safe was also refinished, back in the 50's. My grandmother put a dark shellac on it. I have been rubbing denatured alcohol on it with a clean rag and using a very light steel wool and it is cleaning right off. This piece is made of oak and is really gorgeous once the shellac is removed. It will no doubt have lost it's value with the refinishing, but it is a beautiful piece, so I will keep it. I am thinking of converting it into a T.V. cabinet.
David Keeley wrote at 2013-03-26 02:02:42
Today I started browsing the web for information on how to build a pie safe for my wife as bathroom storage. I ran across reference to this particular piece and it caught my eye as I was born in Carrollton Illinois. My Great-Great-Grandfather was one of Carrollton's founding fathers. Among many other feats he built the first railroad into town and owned the town's first store. His name was Charles Keeley. Judging by the timeframe this cabinet was made and what few resources were available in Carrollton at that time I would have to imagine it was CW and Meade Keeley that built that cabinet. I have no way of proving it but knowing the things he did in his time and how small and remote Carrollton was and still is it about had to be them
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