The vintage wooden collectible The Hermann-Grima House, from the 1994 New Orleans Christmas Series is a classic example of a Federal Mansion. 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 $17.95.
The 1994 New Orleans Christmas Series was 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 12 – 22 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.
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 CMV pieces, look for Casper the cat somewhere on the piece. On the Hermann-Grima House piece, Casper is sitting next to the front doors, watching all the arrivals.
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.
820 Saint Louis Street
Prior to the Civil War, prosperous Creole families enjoyed an elegant lifestyle in the Vieux Carré. Walk through this meticulously restored residence and experience the Golden Age of New Orleans.
Built in 1831, HERMANN-GRIMA HOUSE is one of the most significant residences in New Orleans. This handsome Federal mansion with its courtyard garden boasts the only horse stable and functional 1830s outdoor kitchen in the French Quarter.
Painstakingly restored to its original splendor through archaeological studies and careful review of the building contract and inventories, the museum complex accurately depicts the gracious lifestyle of a prosperous Creole family in the years from 1830 to 1860.
I will be posting more individual CMV piece pictures from my collection, and will include as much history and source locater information as I can. Feel free to comment or ask questions, particularly if you can add to the history of the piece.