We went to auction at Brecon yesterday, and afterwards we went on to the Museum. We have been on the look out for the museum at Brecon to re-open for a long time now (it was closed for more than 3 years for a renovation and extension project. It now has the Brecon Library under the same roof. However, a severe lack of signage and the incorporation of an art gallery made negotiating it rather difficult - they definitely need signage - for a start to say which door leads to the bloomin' museum!! The original glass front doors now shut to public, which seems daft . . . It was very disjointed too - no flow to it whatsoever.
Firstly these wonderful Welsh love spoons formed part of the original Rural Life display. I think they have more on display now and oh my goodness, the quality of this work is just amazing. The ones with chain links (wooden) were all carved from one long piece of wood.
As well as the spoons there were pieces to fit in stays/bodice (whale bones later used) and some other more random pieces of craftsmanship - all given as love tokens.
A lovely old Welsh dresser showed a wonderful selection of Welsh treen items for the dairy and kitchen - all hand made of course.
A double and two single spoons.
Sarah Jones was very diligent as was Mary Thomas, below.
More lovely examples of craftsmanship - close up of the writing on the one on the left below. I love the knife, fork and spoon on the one on the right! SO cleverly done.
This reads" Mary Davies. Coed (wood) Lland-y-vailay Vach. March 1st 1643. Amazing that it has survived, but I imagine it was much treasured and passed down through the family.
A wonderful puzzle? piece, again all carved by hand in such intricacy.
Miniature examples of furniture. Apprentice pieces or just the work of many winter's nights by the fire?
Stumpwork (probably 17th C looking by the design) - so the women's skills with a needle were represented too.
In the children's section - I used to have a little tinplate set like this - it was from the Queen's Coronation.
Some wee dolls - the one on the right looks a bit grumpy!
Finally, soft toys .
Off for a bath now as I am very sore from a visit to the Chiro today to put back my neck (it would be the arthritic part that fell foul of my fall) and lower back. Hopefully it will remember where it should be tomorrow and bits will have stopped aching.