~ vintage at the farm ~

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Few shots taken in the entry hallway where I have an old coat rack displaying a small collection of vintage picture frames, some guilded, some shabby, chipped & tattered.

 

It’s an old French crucifix, you see, quite fragile, especially Jesus’ body, which is old & brittle plaster.

 

 

 

 

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Some of these old picture frames, with their shabby, chipped & tattered patina, are more interesting & decorative when not used in the conventional manner & without conventional images or art work.  For example, below, I have randomly inserted a few vintage goodies.

 

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The frame’s curvaceous shape with scrolled embellishments & moulding works perfectly as a frame for the small collage of vintage photos, a brooch & ephemera.  The rusty hanging wire was on the back when I found the frame.

I simply pinned the photos to the cupboard.  Easy to do.  You can attach a bit of chicken type wire to the frame or criss-cross some string or ribbon from side to side for inserting & displaying memorabilia, pictures & other ephemera.

 

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I wonder about the past life of these frames?  Somebody made them, added the ornate plaster or tin mouldings, painted them.

Somebody owned and admired them, put them to use for a favourite portrait, a family photo or an artwork.

Did these frames grace a sitting room, a fireplace, a hallway or were they in a bedroom?

Were they in the drawing room in a grand old mansion or were they in Grandma’s humble little country home or were they in the homestead on the farm?

We will never know.

 

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This old crucifix is one of a few I have collected along the way with other vintage religious icons, art & accoutrements.

 

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