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The naming of the various rooms at Glensheen is pretty straightforward, but there are a few clunkers, and this is one of them. Clearly, this room is for all the single ladies.
Here’s the historical photo of the room. The original wall covering was grasscloth, which today has been painted over with a light yellow color.
Here you can see the room today. I find it interesting how today, our tastes apparently run to having a bed cover that falls to the ground. If you compare the original beds to how they’ve been recreated for today, the original beds showed off the Circassian walnut side rails, where today, the bedspread covers all.
If you recall, I mentioned that there are birds everywhere throughout Glensheen. Here’s an interesting… hawk? stitched with silk thread. This is rarely seen, because it’s under glass on the nightstand between the two beds:
Speaking of rarely seen – this small painting is tucked back in the corner by the closet. Our best guess is that this is titled ‘Blind Pilgrim,’ but the artist’s name is unknown. We saw the very top of the artist’s signature peeking out from behind the frame (not shown here), but it was not legible. This is a beautiful painting:
These little lampshades almost look like something you’d make yourself, by cutting pictures from a magazine. In the center, you can see where the gas jet would have come out.
Also in the center of that light fixture, you can see a… well, tour guides today would probably call it a pineapple, and even though I’ve been lobbying for artichokes, I think this looks like a pine cone. Amusingly for a room intended for the single ladies, the pine cone is symbolic of fertility.
Turning around, we get an excellent view of the beautiful Circassian walnut wood that was used in this room. Today, Circassian walnut is highly prized for gun stocks, but as you can see, it has beautiful character wherever it turns up.
Here is the bottom of the bedpost, with the artichoke or pine cone or whatever it was intended to be. And as impressive as the carving of that is, please also note the other carvings on the footboard. My favorite is either the curled ribbon running along the length, or the round button with the whorls:
This is the main dressing table in the room, with a cane-seat stool:
This room also had a chaise lounge, and it currently occupies the nook where the dressing table used to be. The chaise has silk upholstery, and as you can see, a century of exposure to the sun is taking its toll:
On the other side of the nook is a little writing desk and bookshelf. I don’t know for sure, but this little figurine looks a bit like King Henry VIII.
I mentioned several rooms back that the hangers for various pictures were worth noting, and nowhere is that more the case than in this room. These picture hangers are almost art unto themselves:
This is a painting a bit confusingly titled “Untitled (New Orleans)” by David Ericson:
Confusing or not, this is a compelling painting, with everyone drawn to the light. We last saw Duluthian Ericson’s work in Marjorie’s Room.
And finally, in the alcove and almost out of view, is another security system light:
Most of the light bulbs in Glensheen have been replaced with bulbs that have a turn of the century verisimilitude, but this bulb is definitely an original.