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A great little piece of cottage type decor. The blades of the windmill spin with a light touch. Reminiscent of whirlygigs.
Small wooden windmill mounted on a shield shape. Holds the sconce. The socket cover sleeve simulates a candle. Ideally it would have had a flame shaped bulb, though some of the compact fluorescent bulbs have a funny and possibly compatible shape. Needs to be rewired.
Shield back 6 3/4" X 4 3/4"
Depth - 7" from wall to front rim of the bobeche
Overall height - bottom of shield to top of 'candle' sleeve approx. 9"
One of the blades and the tail is missing, but the tail might have been shaped like a cloud with the name of a tourist location painted on it. (see example) - The ones we've seen usually are from Massachusetts which might have said Cape Cod or Nantucket.
These pieces could easily be made to bring it back to functioning shape, or just set it on a shelf as a sweet folksy ornament.
5 1/4" wide span of blades
Height from table to top of blade socket (without fan blade) 5"
Base is 2 5/8" X 2 5/8"
Folk art church model - All wood painted gray. Presumably represents a stone church with an attached rectory building. It is in 2 sections. The church has arched plastic cel "stained glass" windows, and a hinged roof. The rectory does not open but you can see in the detail that it has a staircase. As is typical of folk-art, its apparently been made with scrap wood including wooden crates. - As indicated in the photo showing the crate label (the wood says Wellesley and the paper label says Boston).
Approximate age is 1930s to 1950s. We've owned it the past 20 years. It's large enough that at one time we let our rabbits and our cat run through it.
Recent repairs include internal reinforcements to the church, and some plastic cel "stained glass" window repairs, as well as replacement of some of the rectory's card-stock roof shingles.
Cellophane has been in use since the 1920's.
I did a brief search of churches on the web, trying to see if I could locate this church. I couldn't find it, but maybe you'd have better luck. The use of flying buttress on the external walls indicates it probably would have been a stone church.
We like to think that this homemade slide projector is the "Missing Link" - bridging the gap from the early tin candle powered magic lantern projectors to the slide projector we know today. The early magic lanterns projected delicate images that were often hand painted on glass.
This is unique and very homemade.Very ingenious! We picture someone very resourceful heading for their workshop - a piece of an old wooden prune box, a part from an old brass flashlight holding the front lenses (it took us a few minutes to figure that out!), and so on. How many hours of tinkering ... then voila! - a light show for the family. This is a really nice example of shop "folk art."
Left - the brass flashlight tube, with the holes where the switch had been
Right - There is still a paper label on the upper left corner of the large lens which says "France". This is also a pretty good shot, showing the construction of the slide holder. The slide opening measures roughly 1.5"x1.5"
The 2 pictures below show a detail of the inside where the embossing from
the tin has the letters "Keys ... Copper". I would guess that the
first word was Keystone, although I have no idea what it might have been scrounged
Needs to be rewired!
It measures 6" wide, 14.5" long, and 7.5" high.
The sellers have been on the web since 1996 sharing their music as the band TagYerit (tag you're it).