Made in America with Foreign Parts

Plant Stand, Basket, and Frames

Plant Stand
American
Neighbor of Stugard Family, 1899
Wood (willow sapling)
Gift of Lucille (Stugard) McKee
MHAHS 2001.101.0121
Basket
German-American
Henry Haberland, c.1910
Wood (willow sapling)
Gift of Marlyn Grinde
MHAHS 2011.112.0001
Frame
American
Attributed to the Donald/Sweet Family, c.1890
Wood, walnut shells
Gift of Delma Donald Woodburn Estate
MHAHS 2002.001.0073
Frame
American
Attributed to the Donald/Sweet Family, c.1890
Wood, snail shells, seeds
Gift of Delma Donald Woodburn Estate
MHAHS 2002.001.0067

The willow plant stand, basket and ornamental frames are surviving examples of the “make-do” endeavors of rural community members around the turn of the 19th Century. By using local resources, they created unique, artistic home decorations with lasting sentimental value. At the same time, the larger British and American Arts and Crafts movement heralded such artistic production in response to the Industrial Revolution.  Making hand-crafted items reinforced a return to more ideal economic times and better moral health of communities. Such sentiments survive in today’s non-professional, Do-It-Yourself culture and professional crafts that market the decorative appeal of rustic furnishings and home adornments.

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