GIFT FOR THE ALAMO ANNOUNCED
Tony Caridi, Director of Marketing and Development of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, confirmed today that the DRT, in its role as custodial caretakers of the Alamo, has selected the award-winning artisans at Marc Taggart & Company, True West Magazine's "Best Living Western Home Furnishings Designer of 2010," to create a 175th Anniversary, limited-edition, hand-made, commemorative hutch. It will be an official 175th Year Anniversary Alamo commemorative item.
The magnificent collector hutch can be viewed by going to www.MarcTaggart.com. The Alamo Commemorative Hutch, will be crafted in the classic style of early 20th century iconic furniture maker Thomas C. Molesworth, designer to many of the stars of his day, by the award-winning craftsmen of Marc Taggart Furniture Company, widely regarded as the preeminent restorers and crafters of this western high-style furniture. Historians say that perhaps no one man contributed more to the development of western high style interiors in America than Cody, Wyoming furniture maker Thomas C. Molesworth.
The Alamo Commemorative Hutch will be entirely made of kiln-dried maple with hand-peeled Rocky Mountain Fir poles and applied burls. The Hutch consists of 8 fully routed maple panels, 2 fully routed drawers along with routed scroll work surrounding each door frame. The hutch also comes with 18 hand-hammered black iron hinges and door pulls. The credenza top is upholstered in red ox hide with a black leather trim surrounded with 52 7/8" hammered brass oxford nail heads. It's capped by a Bronze Longhorn head hutch finial created by the late William Davis, nationally known wildlife sculptor; the Alamo Panel was designed by Pop Artist Bill Schenck of Schenck Southwest. A total of ten artisans pooled their creative resources in the design of this exquisite piece of fine western furniture.
This collector piece will be limited to an edition of just 186 pieces, symbolic of the number of brave Texans who sacrificed their lives defending the Shrine of Texas Liberty. Each signed and numbered piece will be dedicated to the memory of and carry the actual name of a defender and what is known of his history permanently affixed to its back panel.
Purchasers can request that their piece carry the name of any defender not already reserved. In addition to a patriot's name and brief history, each case will also come with the Alamo's Official 175th Anniversary logo attached, a signed and numbered, hard-bound, coffee-table book detailing each step in the creative process and a certified, facsimile copy of William Travis' famed "Letter from the Alamo, 1836."
Taggart, headquartered in Cody, Wyoming, the same small town in which Molesworth crafted his superlative, high-style furniture, has received numerous awards for its up-scale, western-themed furniture made in the Molesworth tradition. Its pieces are found only in the finest personal residences, lodges and grand ranch homes. Taggart is the considered luxury brand standard in today's exclusive western, lodge and high-style furniture niche. Thomas Molesworth, is still widely remembered as the 'Rembrandt of luxurious, lodge-style western furniture.' Taggart is considered the de facto 21st Century heir of the up-scale Molesworth style.
Marc Taggart, owner, said this is the first time he's created a limited-edition piece of collectable furniture to commemorate a significant historical event. He felt that none was more deserving following the recently celebrated Memorial Day in the United States than remembering and honoring the 186 brave patriots who gave their lives defending the Alamo 175 years ago against the more than four thousand Mexican Army soldiers under Santana's command.
Taggart's furniture is collected by enthusiasts in all 50 states and in twelve foreign countries.
Marc Taggart Furniture's creations can be seen by going to http://www.MarcTaggart.com.
Contact for further information:
Showroom: 1735 East Sheridan Avenue Cody, Wyoming 82414
Some well-known clients of Thomas Molesworth:
President Dwight D. Eisenhower; publishing magnate Moses Annenberg; Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO Robert T. Woodruff; John D. Rockefeller; New York financier, George Sumers; King of the Cowboys Roy Rogers, noted artist Frank Tenny Johnson, Tom Yawkey, baseball hall-of-famer and owner of the Boston Red Sox 1933 ’Äì 1977.