National Geographic : 1937 Sep
© National Geographic Society Dufaycolor Photograph by J.Baylor Roberts COTTON WAS THE CURRENCY THAT BUILT AND FURNISHED SUCH LUXURIOUS HOMES INTHE GOLDEN AGE OF NATCHEZ At Melrose is preserved the green and gold drawing room of the fabulous forties (Plate XI). Sofas andchairs areinOld English style; the curtains are French lace. Over each window are gold cornices and brackets to match the tieback draperies of brocatel. The mantel isblack marble, imported from Italy. Partly hidden by the young lady pouring tea is a " chaperone's bench," two chairs joined byabackless seat onwhich thechaperone sat between the young lovers who occupied the end places. The rear chandelier of French gilt bronze originallyburned whale oil.