Victorian Details


Years ago I volunteered at a historic home in Rochester, MN called “The Heritage House”. Anyone who has known me for more than a minute has heard about my time in this wonderful place. It informs much of who I am now.
I went back for a visit. So while some of this is not my best photography, it is at the very least interesting history.

http://www.discoverourtown.com/MN/Rochester/Attractions/heritage-house-of-rochester/68062.html

Hand crocheted lace - was originally a "graduation" dress and was intended to be a wedding dress later. However the woman never married.

Hand crocheted lace – was originally a “graduation” dress and was intended to be a wedding dress later. However the woman never married.

Hand done in a "lincoln log" style quilting pattern. Smallest example of quilted squares in the house.

Hand done in a “lincoln log” style quilting pattern. Smallest example of quilted squares in the house.

Detail of a fabulous purple hat

Detail of a fabulous purple hat

Detail of a Victorian Dress

Detail of a Victorian Dress

This tiny little "dolls fainting couch" now is installed in the upstairs nursery.  It was likely originally a "salesman model"

This tiny little “dolls fainting couch” now is installed in the upstairs nursery. It was likely originally a “salesman model”

This bronze chandelier was originally kerosene and was found in a barn. It was rescued and restored and is now installed in the Heritage House

This bronze chandelier was originally kerosene and was found in a barn. It was rescued and restored and is now installed in the Heritage House

Detail of a chandelier - it was rescued from a barn

Detail of a chandelier – it was rescued from a barn

This is known as a "Sleepy Hollow Chair" it was never used in a formal sitting room or entertaining.

This is known as a “Sleepy Hollow Chair” it was never used in a formal sitting room or entertaining.

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Soap Catcher - soap came in smaller pieces and often would be brought down to shavings so the pieces would be gathered in the metal basket to be used to clean dishes or clothing.

Soap Catcher – soap came in smaller pieces and often would be brought down to shavings so the pieces would be gathered in the metal basket to be used to clean dishes or clothing.

Victorian Playing Cards

Victorian Playing Cards

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Victorian Doll

Victorian Doll

Victorian Knitting

Victorian Knitting

Opera Glasses

Opera Glasses

This is the detail on the bustle of wedding dress

This is the detail on the bustle of wedding dress

This is a detail of some of the carvings on the large piece of furniture that is the foyer. The size, quality, condition and decoration of the items in the foyer were an important part of the status of the household.

This is a detail of some of the carvings on the large piece of furniture that is the foyer. The size, quality, condition and decoration of the items in the foyer were an important part of the status of the household.

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