Thursday, July 10, 2008

Everything antlers

You may recall that young king-to-be Arthur wore a rack of antlers the night that he was fated to bed his half-sister Morgause as part of a pagan rite. So Marion Zimmer Bradley spins the tale in The Mists of Avalon. So, yes, that answers the question; there is something magic about deer and elk and antelope: their antlers. People just can't resist collecting them, if they have the chance.

If you can't find an antler or two in the woods (which I did), almost every local curio or collectibles shop can fill the bill. Example: the 3 Sisters Consignment Shop out SR89 (above, below).

Occasionally, people go overboard in their use of antlers (above); I like the fanciful quasi-antique framing below. All that's missing is the display within.

This mounted set was in an PV antiquery -- I've seen much better. For instance, the stock at the remarkable Dead Things store down in Yarnell (below) includes a wall of antlers.

I was sorta creeped out in Batterman's back room, where these mounted deer busts looked to the sky for delivery from their fate. At least, that's how I interpreted it.

Not being a hunter, I prefer these antler light fixtures. In my mental picture, the necessary antlers are gathered, hit or miss, by a person strolling the woods. Also at Batterman's, which is a goldmine for the quirky collector. That is, if you can't get down to Yarnell to Dead Things.


Anonymous said...

Love "Dead Things" down in Yarnell!

We recommend the breakfasts at the "Rumors Cafe" in Yarnell. Two years ago, we talked with the owner, a former ad guy from Newport Beach, CA.

Two years laters, looks like the cafe is doing well. We didn't have time to stop.

~Anon in AV.

Granny J said...

anon av -- isn't Dead Things an absolutely wonderful off-the-wall sort of place? The antler chandeliers belong down there in Yarnell...

JuliaR said...

In the movie "Roxanne", there is a store called "All Things Dead".

My brother-in-law makes antlers he finds in the woods into racks that he says are perfect for hanging karate jackets on. He has a second degree black belt in karate, so I take his word for it.

Granny J said...

juliar -- sounds like a good use for antlers!

meggie said...

Unfortunately, because my father's family, & also my mother's brothers, were the hunting types, I have seen many antlers adorning walls in both houses & the farm sheds.

Granny J said...

meggie -- only one hunter on either side of my family and that was long ago and far away. As I said, my antler (I only found one) was one that had been shed.

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