Made in America with Foreign Parts

Outhouse Wall

Outhouse Wall Outhouse Wall
Decoration attributed to either Anton or Albert Bruflat, 1905
Wood (pine)
Gift of Bob & Vicki Applegate
MHAHS 1986.040.0001

This carved interior outhouse wall is a remnant from the Bruflat family’s homestead. The artist, likely one of the Bruflat sons based on the initials “AB”, incised a dove with an olive leaf and a scroll, possibly inspired by religious motifs from their local Perry Lutheran Church or common design themes found in religious publications. It is interesting to contemplate why they chose to decorate such a mundane space with an elegant carved scriptural reference.


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