Pottery and Chalk

Victorian Tile by Hamilton Tile Works

This is one of my great eBay finds. A local refinishing shop reworked this mantle to fit this great surround that is the centerpiece of my Dog collection. It was probably made by Hamilton Tile Works. This local Ohio company was founded by Adolf Metzner in 1883 and made very beautiful tile. Many fine examples can be seen in old homes in this area of Ohio. If I have occasion to go into an old Victorian, itís one of the first things I look for!

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