This post is about simple things that have an interesting history
and can only be found in America....
in honor of the 4th of July
and the spirit of our history!
I came across these very old and beautifully painted porch swings
via a dealer in Maine
Most of the things I have bought in the past were small and pretty insignificant....but when I saw these,
I knew right away they were special
They are painted this amazing shade of aqua and have a bright pumpkin paint on the arched tops of the seats
and the cross bar that supports the arms.
The paint appears to be original and other than a good scrubbing and a light coat of wax, I left them as is!
As I was cleaning them up I noticed a brass lable on the rear of one of the seats:
PARIS, ME USA
So here is the story behind Paris Manufacturing:
So...these swings probably date from the 1920's or 30's
but maybe even earlier.
I read a few more articles related to Paris Manufacturing and the sleds are highly sought after by serious Folk Art collectors....keep your eyes open if you ever see one!
It took us about 4 trips to the hardware store to finally get these to hang right and swing correctly...but they are so fun to sit on!
By the way the dealer told me that in 30 years of buying and selling stuff from all over Maine...he has never come across a pair of swings quite this pretty and in such good shape,
which was another reason I had to buy them...
The porch is all decked out in
Red White and Blue...
I feel very lucky to have a set of
Henry Mortons swings
to sit on this year!
Have a wonderful,
fun and happy 4th of July!