Recently my wife of 54 years and I decided we must downsize. We spent the previous 32 years in a two story house where we raised our three boys. The 15 stair steps got to be very hard to negotiate. We moved to a single story house that requires us to take one small step to enter or leave. Alas, we had to sell many of our antiques and collectable items.

Following is a list of some of the items we no longer have room to display. I would hope you either live close enough to Cookeville, Tennessee to visit and pick-up your purchase or will plan a trip to the beautiful Upper Cumberland Plateau area. Cookeville is about half-way between Nashville and Knoxville on Interstate 40.

A reasonable deposit will hold your item until you can make a visit. Some of these items can be shipped inexpensively but framed pictures are very expensive to ship. If you want to purchase an item and need it shipped I recommend you contact one of the carriers and inquire about shipping. You can then contact me to work out the details. Also, I just might be planning a trip to your part of this world so just ask. Few things, in today’s world, are cast in concrete, thus the OBO which is “Or Best Offer”.

I reserve the right to reject any bid. I have been a woodworker for 62 years. The price of some of these items I made may seem high unless you also have done some woodworking. If I had used a time clock to keep up with the time it took to build them I doubt that I would make over $5 an hour but, I did not make any of them for the money! I love to make beautiful items of beautiful wood! Please forward this to all you think would like to see these items.

Happy Shopping,

Ed Butler




This Doctor’s bag belonged to Dr. J. E. B. Gates of Graves County, Kentucky. Dr. Gates was the surgeon for a Confederate Infantry Regiment. A relative of mine obtained this doctor’s bag and a carpetbag in the 1950s. I looked at these items many times while growing up and wanted to play with them as a kid. Uncle Raymond did not even want me to pick them up! The carpetbag contained a lot of Dr. Gates old papers that were dated from the late 1800s through the early 1900s. They are receipts, promissory notes, and other business papers. One of the bags also contained a Confederate Medal of Honor awarded to Dr. Gates by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. I am keeping the papers and medal but will consider selling them to an interested person. $100 OBO

Chocolate Turtle Boots and Belt. They were made by Justin Boot Company and are size 10 1/2 EEE. I always called them chocolate turtles as they are the color of dark chocolate and are still in the original box. The manufacture of sea turtle leather items was banned in the U. S. in the 1970s. This is the last pair of sea turtles I ever bought. They have been well cared for and have never even been wet but a time or two.
$300 OBO

Vintage Royal Brownstone China Pitcher and Bowl, excellent condition. I also have a very nice antique washstand made of soft maple and yellow poplar that we would sell. It has been totally reconditioned and is in excellent condition. $100 OBO


This carpetbag is very old and well used but still intact. It is 18 inches wide x 13 inches deep and belonged to Dr. J. E. B. Gates of Graves County, Kentucky. He also owned the doctors bag listed. $100 OBO


“Saviour of Rome”, That is – Rome, Georgia! The campaign to stop the men of the yankee’s “Mule Brigade” from destroying Rome and the materials they made and stored for the Confederacy was one of the toughest ever made by man or beast! The beautiful horse is Highlander who was given to General Forrest by the city and quickly became one of General Forrest’ favorite mounts. Four months later, Highlander was killed during the battle of Chickamauga. This frame cost $156.81 in February, 2001!
$200 OBO 


Sesquicentennial Decanter by Old Fitzgerald. Memphis the Nation’s Crossroads 1819 to 1969 Scenes depicted – DeSoto discovers Mississippi 1541, Marquette Joliet & LaSalle 1672 – 1682, Chickasaw Treaty 1818, Memphis Naval Battle 1862, Forrest Raid 1864, Yellow Fever 1873- 79, Memphis Blues 1909 Crump and Handy. $200 OBO


Centennial Plate. This ten inch dinner plate commemorates the Centennial of the War Between the States, 1862 to 1865. I purchased it in while living in Memphis in 1965.
$200 OBO


Checkerboard. Several years ago one of my best customers asked me to make a checkerboard table. While in the checkerboard making mode, I made this checkerboard but did not put it on legs. It is made of black walnut and holly and is 19 ¼ inches square. The little squares are about 2 inches X 2 inches. The back is covered with green felt. $100 OBO


Red Bud picture frame. This is one of the most rare and beautiful kinds of wood in North America. Do not go to a lumber dealer to purchase red bud lumber. You must cut and mill it yourself! I will take my picture out so you can put yours in! Picture size is 16″ X 20″. $400 OBO


What-not rack, This does not include the do-dads in this picture! $65 OBO


Red Maple Picture Frame. This tree had been topped by the utility company. They left an 8 foot snag standing in a man’s front yard. The owner quickly gave me permission to cut it. With only a come-along, I loaded the two 4 foot logs in a tilting trailer. The lumber was spalted and had a number of burls which are very desirable as I now had some of the most beautiful lumber I ever saw. The outside of the frame is 21 ¼ x 24 ½ inches. Inside it is 13 ¼ x16 ½. I will keep my certificate and you can put your certificate or picture in it.
$200 OBO


Fortune Clock by Seth Thomas Clock Company, Patented FEB 15, 1876 Gives minute, hour, day of the week, day of the month, and month of the year. Beautiful black walnut case. Keeps perfect time – when it is kept wound, no batteries needed! Needs a second hand which you can buy for a dollar or so. Eight day movement.
$375 OBO


Forrest at Chapel Hill, Tennessee by Lisa Pardon 20″ X 28″ # 131/150 1997. The frame, which has non-glare glass in it $150 OBO


Ornate Carrying Case. I built this to carry the Highland Bagpipes I once played. I have used it for many other things! It is 12″H X 26″L X 12″Deep. The 20 species of wood used are identified on the inside of the lid. The front and back are identical. The case is burled and spalted Red Maple that I cut, dried, and milled. $400 OBO


Forrest bust Dr. Sam Barnes is a retired orthopedic surgeon and a charter member of the Dillard-Judd Camp #1828. He molded this bust and offered to allow the SCV to sell copies to raise money for the Forrest Boyhood Home. The Tennessee Division took the project and sold nearly a hundred copies. We donated several thousand dollars to the Forrest Boyhood Home Restoration Fund. This is one of the “proof copies he molded in his foundry. It weighs a bit over 25 pounds and is 15 inches tall. $1,000 OBO

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