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Object ID # 1959.019.002
Object Name Wreath, Floral
Title Shadow Box Wreath
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Date 19th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Grey County, Ontario
Description White woollen wreath in a shadow box. The flowers are made from white unspun wool or cotton which has been combed into sheets and lacquered on one side. These sheets have been folded and cut into petals and other shapes which make up the flowers. There are leaves worked into the wreath as well, some are green, some are brown (may be real leaves which have been lacquered). The centers of the flowers have multi-coloured spun wool in them as well as wire stamens.
Provenance The maker of this wreath is unknown, but it likely was owned by the Frederick Birch family of Euphrasia Township, Grey County.
Collection Folk Art Collection
Material Wood/Glass/Wool/Wire/Finish
Dimensions W-72 L-72 D-18 cm
Found Euphrasia Township (formerly), Municipality of Grey Highlands, Grey County
People Bowes, Frank
Birch, Frederick
Subjects Feathers
Folk art
Search Terms Wodehouse
Euphrasia Township
Function A decorative folk art item, hand-worked with wool on wire. White wreaths were also used for funerals of children, but we do not know if this item was ever used as a funereal object. The presence of a few coloured elements suggests that it is not. It is also an open wreath, whereas funeral wreaths were closed.