It's worth noting that Mr. Mathis wanted a home filled with music. To that end, in the middle of thefront room, under that tower, there is a, forgive my bad German, "Bechstein-Weltz" reproducingpiano. "Like a player piano?" Yes, and no. It is a German machine that looks like piano, has mechanical innards, and ran - runs- on an air compressor that Mr. Mathis located in the basement. I've been told that the piano still runs, think of it as a steam-driven piano. The difference is that agreat composer or pianist would sit down and record a performance on a roll of paper, and thatwas played. Cabinet, far left, stage left, over in the corner, had scroll and rolls of paper for thepiano. Turn of the century iPod. The paper rolls were the mp3s. Asked what single object he would grab, if the house was on fire, Walter Mathis was proudest ofhis "genuine" Napoleon death mask. "One of six," is the party line. Apparently, there is a History Channel special about the cottage industry of Napoleon DeathMasks. Worthy of some attention. Seems like there might be more than just a half-dozen. It'sworth noting that this was one of the few originals, probably less than a dozen like it - provenancewith museum curators is tricky business. Napoleon was a favorite, and towards that end, Villa Finale is now part of the Franco-Bexar group,as there are more Napoleon memorabilia here than in most museums. As a military man, WalterMathis admired Napoleon's tactics. The cabinets, the table-tops, the furniture itself, most, if not all, Empire-Revival. French, fromaround 1840. The "Egyptian" flavor is woven into the art, after all, Napoleon did "conquer" Egyptand some of the Pan-Arab world. Because I was being trained when the house was being restored, I got to see a few things off thewall, like a ceremonial sword and scabbard arrangement that hangs high, like an Xmas tree star,over one set of Napoleon lithographs. "Sheer panic in the curator's eyes when she pulled that one down; it really is held together withtwine." The windows now have UV coating the prevent fading. New paint, and everything has beencleaned and replaced in its original pace, per the behest and bequest. Most of the furniture in the front rooms has been recovered, by Mathis, with one exception, there'sa green ottoman/footstool that is in the original material from the 1840s. Note the large mirror overthe mantle. Next room, more Napoleon collections, mirror over the mantle, odd military objects, acollections of dog figurines, various tokens, souvenirs, and my favorite, a pair of ivory-carvedtriptychs, which unfold and show Napoleon's victories and his wife, which shows her greatestaccomplishment, marrying Napoleon. "I hope you find the humor there," I add.