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Victorian Scraps 2

The background of first 3 items is that in 2001 I found bags of scraps (all Vic chromos with some 1950s/60s butterflies and moths) in an antique shop in the small town of Woodbridge, Suffolk. They had been in a fire for they smelt of smoke and there was water in the bottom of some of the bags but for a few pounds I purchased the lot. As it turned out there were loads in good collectable condition and they went straight to my album. Some were irredeemable. But what to do with those in between with damaged edges? Decoupage was the answer, overlapping good edges on bad and finishing off with good duplicates. If I didn’t want to do this in my album then what to mount them on?

Rusting in peace in the shed were my father’s saws, not good enough to be classed as collectable but with my father’s name stamped in the handle I didn’t have the heart to throw them away. And so the 2 elements came together.

For me these pieces represent my father’s life work in the building trade, my beloved Suffolk that I had the good fortune to move to after accepting early retirement and the evenings of enjoyment with my lovely wife sorting the hundreds of scraps and arranging them on the saws. They form an eye-catching display in our living room - a talking point for visitors giving me an opportunity to introduce them to the rest of my ephemera.

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