I have learned so much by researching this vintage crescent moon shelf.
Did you know it was a pattern designed by A. Neely Hall?
Did you know there was a song by Glenn Miller called, Stairway to the Stars?
Did you know that it was thought to be a wood shop project from the 1950s?
Did you know there are many different versions of this shelf and there was usually a wooden star as part of the pattern?
Well, I didn't know any of that. All I knew was that I remembered them from my childhood. We had one hanging on our living room wall. Ours did not have a star.
This is the only picture I could find with our crescent moon shelf hanging on the wall.
Seems Mom used it to hang Christmas cards on one year. This is not me, but my niece posing in front of our mantle.
When I saw a dilapidated one on a pile of stuff to be taken to the dump in my neighbor's pull behind trailer, I knew I had to snatch it and try to restore it. With their permission, of course. I try not to take things from my neighbor's trash without their permission, though it may be tempting at times.
It has been sitting in my garage for a number of months, with nails sticking out and the landing unattached and a dangling stairway.
this is a cleaned-up version of it. It was quite dirty and cobwebby. The nails were loose on the staircase, the landing was unattached with nails sticking out everywhere.
I found a small can of stain in the garage and stained the plywood on both sides.
Isn't it pretty? It looks like new.
I love knick knack shelves. Especially vintage ones.
I also love new ones. . .
My son made this scroll-saw knick knack shelf for me. I just love it.
Posted by Janet Smart at Writing in the Blackberry Patch.