Antique Harvest Fields Poetry Book Hog Scraper Candlestick Autumn Gathering
This wonderful and quaint gathering is sure to please both you and your homestead sprinkled with fresh autumn charm. An old "Harvest Fields" poetry book dated 1870 (possibly earlier), created inspiration for an old hog scraper that was in need of a "face~lift". The little pocket of fall posies also accompanies this unusual gathering by lending a keen accent to the book.
This poetry book, printed in Germany, is in very good condition considering it's age and has beautiful illustrations that coincide with the short poems written throughout the book as referenced in the above images. There are two pages shown in images (18 and 19) where there is a small piece of the drawing missing in about the same location on each page. Image 9 reflects a direct split on the inside middle portion of the book however, the outside binding is secure as shown in image 5. There are no pen or pencil marks on any of the pages and all pages are accounted for. The outside edges of each page are done in gold. There are also several pages referencing sheep grazing upon a bucolic landscape in the illustrations that should please most of us to no end!
When I saw this poor old hog scraper I knew it needed some tending to so I decided to repurpose this piece into a more fashionable primitive candlestick! The tin drip base was added and Harry fashioned a holder out of old wire as shown in image 2. The pattern resembles a "courting candle" style but is non adjustable. A wee wire basket acts as a match holder (matches included) and the wire was inserted directly into the wooden base as shown in image 4. The tiny pumpkins and seed grass are included and can be replaced with Christmas greens and berries for the holidays. The tin base of the hog scraper is a bit crusty but has the most desirable patina we all favor. The spice rubbed candle is also included and smells wonderful!
A simple pocket of autumn posies graces the front of the book and holds broom corn, grasses and flax as shown in the last picture.
This gathering would look terrific placed on a table whether it be in a bedroom (nightstand) or what about a small side table next to a cozy chair. This book is filled with peaceful autumn poetry, pleasing illustrations and will leave you with a tranquil feeling of autumn days and moonlit nights! Enjoy! The book measures 10" Tall (front to back), 7 5/8" across (right to left) & is around 1/4" thick. The hog scraper candlestick stands 8 1/2" Tall (including the candle), measures 2 1/2" across the top (tin base only), 3" across (including the end of the wire basket), 3 1/2" across (right to left) bottom tin base & 1 1/4" across the wooden middle @ the widest point. Autumn Posies bouquet measures 6 1/2" tall and 1 1/4" across @ the widest point. <p>~Freight (Standard Mail) included, however Insurance is optional and can be purchased for an additional $2.20 @ checkout ~ within the continental U.S.
~Freight (Standard Mail) included, however Insurance is optional and can be purchased @ checkout ~ within the continental U.S.