The Beauregard-Keyes House, New Orleans, La.
1994 New Orleans Christmas Series
Cat’s Meow Village Collectibles
The vintage wooden collectible Beauregard Keyes House, from the 1994 New Orleans Christmas Series is a classic example of Southern architecture and tasteful subdued decorations. Since this is a retired piece it is no longer available at the “Official” Cat’s Meow Village website, but it is still available at other web sources. The best value source for this piece is probably ebay, or it may also be found at Appletreedeals or with a google search. Prices range from an ebay auction price starting at .99 to retail sales prices at online sites for around $21.95.
When Faline Jones, (CMV creator), began designing Christmas Series Editions she chose American cities with distinct historical identities as her theme cities. And new Orleans certainly fits this category. From the Cat’s Meow Village 1994 New Orleans Christmas series comes the historic Beauregard Keyes House. With it’s classic raised front entrance with large white columns and curved stairway front entrance, this piece is a true rendition of the real Beauregard-Keyes House.
The Beauregard-Keyes House, in the New Orleans’ French Quarter , built in 1826, for wealthy auctioneer Joseph LeCarpentier, is a fine example of a raised center hall house. It is named for two of its former tenants, Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant (P.G.T.) Beauregard and author Frances Parkinson Keyes.
General Beauregard lived in the home from 1866-68 while he was president of the New Orleans, Jackson, and Great Northern Railroad. Mrs. Keyes used the home as her winter residence for 25 years, where she wrote many of her books, including Dinner at Antoine’s, The Chess Players, Madame Castel’s Lodger and Blue Camellia.
The 1994 New Orleans Christmas Series was first issued in 1994, (of course), and retired in 1999. First year issues generally go for slightly more than later issues, but piece condition is always a major factor. Since these pieces are 19 – 24 years old, and were probably in someone’s collection, it is important to try to get as much condition info as possible. This mean pictures, so you can see for yourself what you are buying.
Occasionally pieces can be found that were in retail inventory and never collected or displayed by anyone, but even then, due to various storage methods, item condition still needs to be seen. Any good source for CMV pieces should be able to provide good clear front and rear view photos. That was the case with the Appletreedeals.com source, plenty of pictures and a good item description.
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