The Frederick Douglas House, Washington, D.C.
1994 Black Heritage Series
Cat’s Meow Village Collectibles
This wooden collectible Cat’s Meow Village piece from the 1994 Black Heritage Series, is a reproduction of the Frederick Douglas House in Washington, D.C. 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, but it can 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.
The production process for this series has the piece info and Faline’s stamped signature and date of issue on the bottom left corner of the back side of the piece. And as in all authentic Cat’s Meow Village pieces, look for Casper the cat somewhere on the piece. On the Douglas house, Casper is on the front porch roof, watching all the arrivals.
When Faline Jones, (CMV creator), began designing Special Series Editions she chose American themes that were representative of the American culture and it’s history. This Black Heritage Series features great icons of Black history, and Frederick Douglas was a major player in that history.
The 1994 Black Heritage 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 Cats Meow 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.
Frederick Douglass, (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, February 1818 – February 20, 1895) was an American abolitionist, editor, orator, author, statesman and reformer.
In 1877, Douglass bought his final home in Washington D.C., on a hill above the Anacostia River. He named it Cedar Hill (also spelled CedarHill). He expanded the house from 14 to 21 rooms, and included a china closet. One year later, he expanded his property to 15 acres (61,000 m²) by buying adjoining lots. The home has been designated the Frederick Douglass National Historic Sit
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