Uncommon Antiques

A Victorian footstool

A quirky Victorian footstool made with horn legs and cross stitched cover.

Occasionally a person comes across an object that speaks to the quirky side of one’s personality. It doesn’t have to be old. As a matter of fact I love my metal chickens and wooden dog cutouts but you can find quirky things in the world of antiques too.

I’m talking here of the footstool you see above in the photograph. It’s a true Victorian piece, decorated as only Victorians liked to do.

The feet are real horns and the cover has been cross stitched in wool. In order to add even more ‘class’, there is an edging of small gold pompoms. The truth is that this piece wasn’t meant to be funny or even tongue-in-cheek. Entire pieces of furniture were made of horns such as armchairs! (I wouldn’t want to be groping around the dark in that parlor.)

Stool cover closeup

This cover is newer than the stool which is common with textile pieces – especially something a person put their feet on!

These types of objects were seen primarily in Western Canada and the US. I guess they wanted to ensure that every part of the animal was used! I just can’t imagine that the first person who broached the idea of using horns for furniture got a warm welcome.

I have no idea who will be interested in buying this footstool once I’m ready to sell it. I only know that it will have to be someone who has the same sense of humor as I do. 🙂

2 responses to “Uncommon Antiques

  1. My grandmother had one similar that now belongs to my mom, but the needlepoint is green. I’ve never paid attention to the legs. It’s probably a copy of some kind, but I like it. If I can remember, I’ll get a picture of it and send it to you.

    • I’d love to see a photo. Take pictures of the base as well so I can see how the legs were attached. And… it may not be a copy but the real thing. I doubt there were many companies reproducing this type of furniture 🙂

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