Vintage Hand-Painted Cottage Sign on Wood - Thistle Cottage
Thistles have been long-time symbols of protection, bravery, courage and strength...
Thistle Cottage. It's a 17th-century cottage in Culross, Scotland, a library house in Greenville, Kentucky, a family retreat in Branson, Missouri, the title of a suspense novel on Amazon, and the name of a vintage mercantile in New Hampshire. It's also the name hand-painted on this vintage wooden house sign here in the shop in New England. Thistle Cottage circa 1902.
Full of personality, the stately thistle fills the board, but also in faint lettering, you'll notice the words Thistle Cottage as well as a little date mark in red in the bottom right corner that looks to say 1902. Most likely that date refers to the year Thistle Cottage was built and does reflect the actual age of this sign, but it does lead the imagination to envision a cute little turn-of-the-century cottage house set amongst the landscape where wild thistles grow. Also included here are two fern sprigs, sweetly painted, and a rectangular box of squares (maybe representing a stained glass window) that includes alternating shades of red and green.
It's an intriguing little piece, this cottage sign. With folk art simplicity and lots of character, it's sure to bring a bevy of unique charm to your space. We just love that the thistle has sort of a queenly disposition with those tall tufts that resemble a crown. It reminds us of West Indies-style decorating, tropical color palettes, and of course cottage decorating celebrating the long-lasting beauty of thistles in all their life stages.
- Unique folk art style
- Painted on wood
In lovely vintage condition. The wood is in good shape with no splinters, cracks or rough edges. The paint is fading in some spots - mostly evidenced in the Thistle Cottage lettering. Please see photos.
Measures 9.75" inches (length) x 5.75" inches (width) x .75" inches (thickness) and weighs 12 oz.