This is the last of my posts about the American Museum in Bath, and (finally!) we get to go round the actual museum! Yay!!
First of all I do have a confession to make! I did buy a guide book which I thought would help me to identify everything in my photos so that I could tell you. I didn't do as I normally might therefore and take note of what was what. All well and good. Except for one thing. I have misplaced the darned guide book! This post has been so long waiting though, I thought that you would rather have my hit and miss commentary than miss out altogether, and if I find the guidebook, I can always come back and make corrections can't I!
There was a whole wall of quotes by famous Americans. I took pictures of these two because they particularly appealed to me. Above is Eleanor Roosevelt and below is Mark Twain.
There was a lot of information about the history of America. I know that some of you will be very familiar with this, some less so. I though that you might like to read it if you are not familiar, and if you are, you can skip on past!
The idea of taking so many pairs of boots and shoes on the Mayflower really made me chuckle. I know that some men think that women are shoe addicts now, can you imagine how much money you would have had to have to own that many pairs of shoes then!
Native American artefacts are always so interesting I think. They are also very beautiful. The beadwork is so intricate and detailed. I cannot imagine how many hours these pieces must have taken to make.
One of my loves in Southwestern Style Jewellery, so I found that I spent rather a long time looking at these cabinets, and to be honest, lusting after most of the items!!
Then we started to move onto the different rooms. These are taken from real rooms in real houses and buildings and reconstructed in the museum.
The first is the Tavern.
Although these slipware pieces are not to my taste, they are pretty amazing to see, especially the colours that were used. English views of the Antiques Roadshow may remember Ozzy the Owl. He was decorated using slipware.
These punched tin lanterns are just beautiful I think. I love them as they are, but I love the patterns that the light casts and the pattern on the light itself when the light is lit. Of course when it was a candle, it wouldn't have been as bright as this!
We got a bit lost then, and I think that we were supposed to come back to this, but then we saw these beautiful embroidered dresses. They were just stunning!
Back on to the room sets again. This reminded me of what I think of when I imagine houses in the New England area to have been when settlers first arrived in America all those years ago. This room gives off a real warmth, but I doubt that it was. Hard work and lots of draughts I'm sure.
Now, I did capture the sign for this room, but it was too blurry to read. I could make out though that it is the Lee Room.
In the corridors between rooms, there were often displays in cabinets on the walls. Here is a selection of pewter items.
I thought that this little candle sconce was just beautiful.
I can't tell you much about this room other than that it was very nice indeed! It had some amazing pieces of furniture.
In this corridor area there were samples of wallpaper framed and displayed.
Along with copies of these engravings of and from the Declaration of Independence.
This room used the wallpaper from the sample in the previous hallway.
Do you see how this little bed has a miniature copy? It is just too cute for words and would have been amazing to own at the time I am sure.
Above is a Shaker Style room.
Sorry that I could not give you more information on these rooms and displays. I hope that you enjoyed them and if and when I get more details I will come back and update this post and let you all know in case you want to revisit it. Of course, you could always pay a visit yourself too!