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Friday, April 12, 2013

new in store...a French 19th century clothes rail!

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We have a piece I believe to be worthy of the most chic Parisian clothing boutique, (a gorgeous Chanel store, comes to mind), now on the floor at The Drill Hall Emporium! 

It is a French late 19th century ebonised wood and brass clothes rail, complete with wheel castors.  We acquired this piece a few years ago from an ex French chateau clearing sale.  At the time I found it, it was in pieces in an attic, and I think no one else quite recognised what it was.  Luckily for us!
It then sat in our store room awaiting reassembly which has only just happened over the last week.  Why did we wait so long to put it together, you are probably thinking.  Well, if you are at all familiar with our store, you would know that we are always overflowing with goodies and it has taken until now to have enough room to say yes, it will fit! 

Look at the turned brass detail on this finial.  So very classic.  I believe that it could have once been used by a Parisian couturier, where their latest designs were hung awaiting stylish clients.  Perhaps it was owned by Coco Chanel herself at some point in time?  My imagination is running a little wild, I must confess! 

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This is an example of another such rail I have seen before in an antiques store on my travels, it is in golden oak and also with a brass rail. 
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This example above is more art deco in style, it would date to around the 1920s, and is cast iron with brass rails.  Of the three, I think ours is perhaps the nicest?   
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Now, what to do with such a piece in todays world?  As well as the obvious ideas of a clothing or wedding dress boutique, it could actually fit well into a spacious bedroom or a dressing room if you are so lucky to have such a thing!  A girl can sure dream...

In the mean time, until our rail finds its new home, it is quite happy at The Drill Hall Emporium being used to display our French linen aprons.  Or is it begging for some couture?

Until next time,



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  2. Wowwww Tammy !!! it is great !!...so beautiful.....lovely weekend....love from me...xxx..

    1. Thanks Ria, you always make me smile! Lovely day to you, Tammy xx

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  3. Hi Tammy,

    Love love love and yes I think your clothes rail is the best by far. I only wish I had a place for it here! Did you keep going back to the store room to have a look at it in it's pieces?? Did you try not to act too excited when you found this piece....heart in the mouth kind of stuff.

    Thanks for sharing

    Take care

    1. Hi Janine,

      Yes, I did actually keep looking at the rail in pieces in the store room, it probably didn't help that it was in the walkway! But I loved the feel of the ebonised wood, and the brass rod.

      And when I found it, I was a little over the moon. I had to make sure it was all there and when I realised it was I was very excited inside, cool and calm on the outside (I hope!).

      Thank you for stopping in,

      Regards, Tammy xx