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Object ID # 1961.038.037
Object Name Whimsey
Title Hand-Carved Whimsey Chain
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Date 1890
Artist Captain J.G. Ainslie
Made Ainslie, Captain John G.
Place of Origin Leith, Municipality of Meaford, Grey County
Description One dark brown wooden chain whimsey consisting of 16 oval shaped rings that intersect. The first ring is unbisected, the next seven are bisected, the last eight are unbisected. The bisected rings are bisected across middle of each. This is an ornamental wooden chain whimsey - the result of a recreational carving past-time by Captain J.G. Ainslie, c. 1890 at Leith who made it out of a single piece of wood using his pen knife. This is one of four in this accession made by him.
Provenance This item was made by Captain J.G. Ainslie, c. 1890 using his pen knife at Leith, Sydenham Township, Grey County.

Captain Ainslie was born in 1858, and died in 1923. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Ainslie. "Ainslie Wood" is a placename that recalls this family. It is near the shoreline of Owen Sound bay in the former township of Sydenham.

Last owned by Eleanor Rixon (John G. Ainslie's niece) who resided at Owen Sound, Ontario, but also spent summers in Leith, as that is where her parents and grandparents had formerly resided, and where the Rixons kept a summer home. Miss Rixon's maternal grandparents were Mr. and Mrs. Adam Ainslie.
Collection Folk Art Collection
Material Wood
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Ainslie, Adam
Ainslie, John G. (Capt.)
Rixon, Eleanor
Subjects Carving
Folk art