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Object ID # 1959.019.001
Object Name Wreath, Floral
Title Featherwork Floral Wreath
Date Late 19th-century
Made Birch (née Robinson), Elizabeth?
Place of Origin Euphrasia Township (formerly), Municipality of Grey Highlands, Grey County
Description A feather and wire and wool floral wreath, worked with wire. It is an open-topped wreath. Some of the feather flowers are rounded, some are pointy (sawtoothed), and there are a couple fuschia flowers. The other flowers look like roses, peonies, petunias, mockoranges, apple blossom, daffodils, and trilliums. There are some flowers with bright pink stamen/pistil areas. Others have a dull yellow centres or are made of wires with something waxy on the ends to simulate stamen/pistil areas. Paper-based faux green leaves and a couple fern-like leaves are included in the design. A black fabric is used in the background (has vine and pinwheel patterns). The wooden shadowbox frame for the wreath has a brown finish, with a fancy somewhat scalloped front edge trim. There is a plain glass pane in the front door of the shadowbox, which fastens at the right side with a metal hook and catch. There are brass hinges at the left. The exterior moulding has an acanthus and wreath design (has two big chips out of the left edge now).
Provenance Made by a (likely female) member of the Frederick and Elizabeth Birch (neé Robinson) family of Wodehouse district of Euphrasia Township, Grey County, in the late 19th-century. It was used at their farm home at Wodehouse (Lot 8, Concession 6).

After Elizabeth passed away in 1913, it likely passed one of her daughters (Rhoda Bowes (née Birch)?).

It last belonged to her grandson, Frank Garbutt Bowes, and his wife _____, of Owen Sound, Grey County. Frank's mother was Rhoda Bowes (née Birch).
Collection Folk Art Collection
Material Wood/Glass/Fabric/Finish/Feather/Wire/Paper/Metal/Brass/Wool/Dye
Dimensions W-27.165 L-27.283 D-7.677 inches
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Birch, Frederick
Subjects Folk art

Function A folk art wall hanging, that utilizes feathers from a farm's barnyard fowl, and some store-bought items (leaves and wire stamen items). It belonged to the Birch family who farmed in Euphrasia Township, Grey County. It has round-headed nails used in its construction.