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Elizabeth Edwards has found what she calls the holy grail of antiques.
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She acquired a 214-piece set of Enoch Woods Castles china — a very rare find — from Humphrey History Park and Museum in Soda Creek. On Aug. 26, she and her mom, Katherine Gorshow, drove to the museum to wrap and box up the china to take home.
“I’m going to love it like a member of my family,” Edwards said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime find.”
Edwards and others visited the museum to pick up the items they purchased online as the museum, which closed thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, is liquidating everything on the property inside and out.
The money will be donated to three charities per the wishes of Hazel Lou Humphrey, who died in 1995. In her will, she detailed that the farm become a museum to teach others about life in Evergreen in the early 20thcentury and that everything would be sold if the museum closed.
Over the years, the museum hosted classes on the period, an art gallery, concerts, an antique store, hiking trails and special events.
Sarah Booras, co-owner of Estate Liquidation, explained that four auctions have been planned to sell all of the items, starting with the kitchen and pantry. That is why several tables outside and the former gift shop held dinnerware, containers, furniture, dolls and more — most of it already sold with a few knickknacks still for sale.
The next auction starting Sept. 1 will put items from the dining and living rooms up for sale. To view items to be sold, visit denveronlineauctions.com/auction/legacies-denver-estate-liquidation-evergreen.
Booras said while the company advertised the auction nationwide, she was pleased that 50% of the items were going to Evergreen residents and nearly all of the items were staying in the metro Denver area.
“I am sure Hazel is happy that so many of her items are staying in Evergreen,” she said.
The property was first developed by John J. Clarke in 1878 when he homesteaded 350 acres. In 1920, Lee and Hazel Humphrey bought the ranch and moved there with their daughter, Hazel Lou. The Humphreys named the property Kinnikinnik Ranch. The property was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
For Edwards, acquiring the china is as much about its history as finding an antique.
“At Thanksgiving, I have decided to set a place for Hazel Lou to honor her,” said Edwards, who has been collecting antiques since she was a child. She explained that the set she acquired from Humphrey Museum is one of the rarest colors of Enoch Woods Castles china there is.
She acquired the service for 14 plus serving pieces for $866 or $3.14 per item.
Edwards enjoys tablescaping, calling it relaxing and enjoyable. She spent two days rearranging her house to accommodate her find.
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