shabby, vintage

vintage at the farm










(throwback to old Blog)  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, quite fragile, especially the body Jesus which is made of a brittle plaster type material





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






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 your memorabilia or other ephemera.





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






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