The story behind the objects
Georgian Eye Portrait - the physicalisanillusion.tumblr.com
I love beautiful objects. I love mysteries. Knowing the story behind these objects only enhances my affection for them. The beautiful and mysterious Georgian eye portrait above is a great example
Eye miniatures became fashionable in the late 18th as tokens of affection. The eye, long thought to be the window of the soul, was only recognized by intimates.
Many objects have stories to tell, if we take the time to listen. Here are a few in the shop this week.
fireplace tool set - $175
Last week this handsome fireplace tool set came into the shop with a story to tell.
"The poker is fabricated from a lance from the 7th Regiment"
Pretty interesting, but who exactly is the 7th Regiment? Turns out, the "Silk Stocking" regiment was a storied regiment composed of some of New York's most elite.
Member, Rufus King Jr., (grandson of a signer of the Declaration of Independence ) received the Congressional Medal of Honor, for his action in the Civil War.
Robert Gould Shaw, also of the 7th, went on to command the 54th Massachusetts, the first all black regiment in the US.
His story is memorialized in the 1989 movie Glory.
Fun to know and share while you're tending to your fire.