Friday, October 1, 2010

Antique Brass Peacock Fireplace Screen For " My Romantic Home's 'Show and Tell' "



Looking through romantic decorating magazines and publications about antiques , one often comes across brass fireplace screens in the shapes of peacocks.

The plumage fans out and is always ornate. Whenever I spotted one of these screens photographed in a magazine,  it was fascinating to study  it in great detail.

One afternoon while browsing through a Goodwill store in the area of the country in which I live, a folded brass piece caught my attention.  Carefully unhooking it, a peacock tail fireplace screen in solid brass spread out!





The price tag read $19.95---a little steep for a thrift store purchase but not for an antique!



Folding and latching the screen once more, I carried it to the checkout counter and bought it on the spot. 


When a fire crackles inside our fireplace in the wintertime, we use a full opening sized screen to contain any wayward sparks.

 The rest of the year, however, the old antique peacock screen stands in all its glory in front of the fireplace.

It's like a romantic magazine page come to life!


Here's an overhead view, looking down on the screen:



DO YOU LIKE ANTIQUES?

Be sure to check out Cindy's enchanting blog, My Romantic Home, http://romantichome.blogspot.com/   to see some of the other entries for Show and Tell Friday. Her blog button is in the sidebar to the right. Click on it and, just like a magic carpet, it will take you to Cindy's blog!








12 comments:

Karen Lange said...

Very nice. You always find such great stuff. I should tag along on one of your shopping trips! I do like some antiques, and have a good handful in my home. Havea wonderful weekend!
Blessings,
Karen

Bookie said...

What a nice find! It is a pretty piece for sure, and you can enjoy it more with the lucky price. My grandpa had a few peacocks on his place...pretty but oh, such screaming they did. :)

Terry said...

Very nice find! Most times antique screens I have seen are in poor condition. I too am always on the hunt for great antique finds.

diane stetson said...

Your screen is so so pretty!

Jane said...

Very pretty. Sounds like you a got a really good deal here. Now, can you post pictures once the fire is lit??

Jane

mo said...

Hi Susan, Don't you just love "unfolding" finds in antique or thrift stores? I bet so many people passed it by not thinking to unfold it. It is unique. I do not think I have ever seen one before...but then I live the dessert. It is beautiful. *hugs*

Leann said...

Useful and beautiful - always a plus!!! Love the "firecracker" in your last post!!!

Leann

Adrienne said...

When I see beautiful screens like that it makes me wish for a fireplace. While I love our wood stove, I'm very tempted to buy the "fake" fireplace at Costco for our bedroom. Hard to justify $500.00 for a whim, though...

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Beautiful!!!!! What an amazing find! I'm always hoping I'll come across one of these....I'm jealous!

Dayle said...

Love, love antiques! I R One! (hehe)

Cindy said...

Great Find!!

plumbing said...

Make sure that your hearth is properly equipped by having all of the best fireplace accessories on hand. These must haves will help your winter season to be warmer, brighter and more cheerful.

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