Back-to-School - Part VIII


Edwardian English Letter Rack with Scrolling Brass Dividers on Edged Oak Base (LEO Design)


The school bell has rung!  Pupils to their desks!  While college freshmen may have encountered wistful parental partings, grade school returnees likely perceived their parents breathing a muted sigh of relief.  Such is the annual tide of school-going: students flow in and out of their institutions with seasonal regularity.  Like water, the droplets are always changing though the tides themselves remain regulated.  Over the next several days, LEO Design would like to share some interesting Back-to-School offerings—ideas to help organize, cheer and distract as students push-on through their matriculations.

Style meets Function with this Edwardian English brass and oak letter rack, circa 1905.  Simple swirling metalwork stands atop a wooden plinth, finished with a moulding edge.  It's sized just-right for holding a supply of stationery and envelopes, bills and documents to be processed, or to do lists and other reminders.  A small measure of sculpted motion means just the right amount of visual interest.  Otherwise, the piece exhibits pure Edwardian utility. Click on the photo above to learn more about this handsome piece.

More Back-to-School ideas tomorrow and in the days to come.


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