The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

Press: Russellville Courier Article - December 2003, HGTV website article, AP story - October 2006, and Victorian Homes Magazine - February 2008 (link coming soon).
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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Brief Update with Lamps

In short, I spent most of Monday and all of Tuesday battling the chipboard beast in my living room. I just couldn't sit a work knowing that damn thing was there. I was worried that it would put down roots if I left it long enough.

I still have more to do, but it's looking much better (and we're much happier as well). I have an electrician coming out tomorrow to give a bid for wiring the heat & air system. I might have him give me a bid on a few other projects to get this old whore of a house moving along.

More later.

And, the lamps.

A few weeks ago I mentioned that we are selling several items to fund the Devil Queen. I believe Kristin asked for pictures of the lamps (and the dining room table which has since found a new home). Well, here they are. Sorry for the very long delay.

The lamps' bases and "caps"are made of chalk or plaster (or a similar material) with a paint finish. They are stamped with the year of their creation, 1909 (if I remember correctly). They have their original wiring and they work. The shades are made of mica. They are very delicate (the mica is flaking in a couple of places), but they are intact. The lamps stand about 12-14 inches tall.

If anyone is at the interior decorating stage of their home renovation and interested in the lamps, email me at I'm sure we can work something out.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

this sounds dumb, but...where do the light bulbs go? Behind the mica shades, I assume, where they are entirely ensconced all the way around?
Any idea what wattage of bulbs these lamps would take?

4:54 PM  
Blogger John said...

The "caps" and mica shades lift off the base. A single bulb is mounted in the base.

It has been a while, but I believe that the lamps take 25 or 40 watt bulbs.

When the lamps are lit, the shades glow a beautiful, warm gold-orange light. Definately mood lighting, not enough to read by.

If you have any more questions, please let me know.

5:34 AM  

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