Lately I have been trying to do a little more thrifting and hitting up some antique shops. Last week was worth the weak effort that I gave. So, it goes like this. A man walks into a bar, oh wait that’s a different story. Here is the real story, A man (Me) walks into a antique shop…….. You have to click “READ MORE” to get the rest of the story. The first two pics will give you a little hint!
I walked into a really packed sort of junkie antique shop, I had been there a few times before. I went in looking for something particular, a longer thinner picture or object and the lady there said I may have something in my office, so we walked into her office. She was thumbing through some prints and I looked to my left and there it was shoved in a corner. My first thought was “if it is in her office she has to know what it is” After a looking at some of her prints, I played stupid and asked “what is this?” She said “I think it is a leg splint”. The way she said it made me believe she did not know what she had. I asked “what would you want for something like this” she said $35. I about flipped but I stayed cool and the rest is history. She told be she got it out of an old barn. It was super dry and dusty.
A little background
During World War II, the U.S. Navy called upon Charles and Ray Eames to create a lightweight, inexpensive leg splint. The resulting design is a highly sculptural yet functional device that could be mass-produced and, being modular, conveniently and inexpensively transported. Access to military technology and manufacturing facilities allowed the Eameses to perfect their technique for molding plywood, which they had been working on for several years. In its three-dimensional, biomorphic form, the leg splint suggests the Eames’ subsequent, highly influential plywood furniture designs.
Source: Charles and Ray Eames: Leg splint (1984.246) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
I cleaned it off and gave it a good bath in some Howard’s Feed-N-Wax.
I don’t know quite where this is going to go yet but here are a few examples of the Eames leg splint displayed.
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