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How Fucking Cool is This?!

I was visiting my father this weekend - he had a mini-stroke a few weeks ago and I've been trekking to the other side of the state every other weekend to check up on him - and we got to talking about my ancestry, explaining family folklore to DH.  I Googled for some back-up info and came across this:


Geo. A. Schastey is my great, great grandfather.  He was a furniture maker in New York in the mid-late 1800's.  The furniture on display was built for the Rockefeller's.  Although I don't think it was built directly for them.  I think it was built for another individual and the Rockefeller's bought a furnished home from them.  He did go on to make additional furniture for them too.  It was eventually donated to a museum by one of the Rockefeller descendants.  The furniture will be on display in The Metropolitan Museum of Art next spring.  I think I'll be making another trip east next year. :)

Here's a picture of the smoking room:

Rockefeller’s smoking room on display in the Brooklyn Museum

And of the bedroom:

The Rockefeller bedroom created by George A Schastey. Photograph courtesy of The Museum of the City of New York.

He also did the cabinet work on The Liberty Piano (www.libertypiano.com) which is amazing.  I guess he was a pretty well respected cabinet maker in his day.

On the other side of the family, we discussed this:

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Apparently, my great, great, great grandfather was also a cabinet maker/carpenter and in 1821 when Major John Andre (Benedict Arnold's British contact during the Revolutionary War) was exhumed to be returned to England, he was one of the people who helped construct a coffin.  After packing up the remains and getting them shipped off, he realized that the Major's toe bone had not made it into the new coffin.  He built a small coffin to house the bones and they have been passed down from family member to family member (not my line though) for years.  I think they are now in the possession of a local musem but I'm not sure.

Hopefully the links work.  All very interesting stuff. :)



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Apr. 13th, 2015 06:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, WOW! That's some gorgeous stuff. Awesome!
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