Item: Ragnhild Bertine Quien's Teacher's Briefcase
I received an email from Laurie at Reflections, a beautiful antiques shop in Nelsonville, Wisconsin.
Here's Laurie's June 2 email to me:
I think I may have a couple of pieces in the shop that may have come from your house! I have a Black Suitcase with the initials R.B.Q. and a Black Iron Plant Stand.
I had been thinking about you . . . and had an opportunity to show Elbert your website, he thinks he recognized it as a house auction we went to. Give me a jingle, or stop in and I'll show you the items!
I was so happy Laurie contacted me. What a pleasure it is to bring home items like this stunning black leather briefcase that belonged to Ragnhild Bertine Quien--a person who lived in my house.
We closed on our old Victorian April 16, 2007--and agreed to let the Quien grandchildren have an auction at their family homestead a week later to sell the furniture and household items. That is how Laurie and Elbert acquired Ragnhild's black leather teacher's briefcase.
After Ragnhild graduated from St. Olaf's in Minnesota, she returned to the Scandinavia Academy--this time as a teacher.