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50 OFF SALE - Antique Pyrography Trash Can Storage Bin with Poinsettia Flowers, circa 1900 Arts and Crafts Rustic Decor

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This large trash can or storage bin is decorated with red poinsettias executed in pyrography. Pyrography (pyro=fire, graphy=writing) was the art of burning a design into wood with a hot metal tool, one extensively promulgated as a home project in ladies’ magazines in the years around 1900. You could buy a kit with the tools and pattern for your project or do it all yourself at home. Pyrography was a very much a part of the ‘art in the home’ movement of the arts and crafts period--hooray for handmade!

Pyrography was typically used on small pieces such as handkerchief or glove boxes, decorative plaques or frames. Less frequently found are large-scale pieces, as they required more materials, time and effort to make. Colored pieces like this one are also difficult to find.

You can check out my post on pyrography on Etsy's Blog here:

This trash or storage bin is definitely a homemade affair, with charming irregularities and very simple joinery. Burnt into the wood is a lovely pattern of poinsettias and the sides are stitched together with leather lacing.

Measures 18 inches high, 11 ¼ inches square across the top.

Overall condition is good. There is some wear and scratching to the surface, especially at the edges. The leather lacings are broken in a couple places at the top and there is a small vertical loss at one corner. I think this may have been used as an umbrella stand at one point, but I don’t recommend putting wet umbrellas in here as one of the little nails holding the bottom board in place has broken through the wood and others are popping out a bit. This is not fancy cabinetmaking, this is laminated boards held together with laces and a few brads, so the whole is a bit loose and wiggly, but stable.

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50 OFF SALE - Antique Pyrography Trash Can Storage Bin with Poinsettia Flowers, circa 1900 Arts and Crafts Rustic Decor