The Rifle and The Rose
My husband and I decided that, upon returning to the States, we wanted a Family Room with an English Pub theme. When we purchased our present home, we knew the small alcove that sits off from the main seating area was just the place.
We "dub our pub" The Rifle and The Rose. The rifle is is honor of my husband who is an infantry officer, and the rose is the symbol of Marine Corps Wives.
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The two prints above are lithographs of original English documents featuring beautiful Family Crests. Old books, pipe and tobacco boxes and German steins create a vignette on top of the mantel. Yes, folks, that's a real pheasant skin hanging off the side. I purchased this at a butcher's shop in the village where we lived. The antique plate stand holds more pipe and tobacco collectibles.
The taller back of the bench is originally the headboard. The two sides or arms were made by cutting the footboard in half. The seat (which features a hinged storage area) and the front of the bench were made using the side slats. The curved pediment that sits atop the back once sat upon the mirror of a dresser. These items are very common in Europe. I have purchased several in different sizes and designs, and have used some of them atop doorways and above large pictures.
This bed was originally very dark. I asked if it could be lightened, and was amazed when he said that he could run ammonia on the wood to get the color desired. It is now a rich, reddish hue.
I think this is perhaps one of the most unique pieces I have ever seen. I recently purchased a single bed, and one day - hope to convert it over as well.