Monday, August 10, 2009

Bottle Brush Trees

Yesterday I focused on my Santa helpers, today I will talk alittle about bottle brush trees.

Nearest I can tell this little ornament originates from the 1930' s to the 1940's and are sometimes referred to as "teacup trees" Made with boar bristles or horsehair, they are considered, (least by me) our first "fake tree". The red tree pictured above is a classic vintage sample, bottle brush wreaths were also quite popular 60 to 70 years ago.
Recognized for it's realistic look around mini train sets, it was also, and still is, a mainstay for the Christmas villages.

See Sarah for a tutorial on these trick or treat trees.

Special shout out for my sister today! C&G Design


Roses and Lilacs said...

Those are cute Dawn. I think I remember trees like that with my brother's train set.

Kathleen said...

I love bottle brush trees. They have the vintage look that I love. Now they are available for all, pink, white, green, orange, etc. I really love the pink girly and feminine. Rain seems to be on tap for today. Hugs, Kathleen

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Jean said...

They are cute and I love them and have some really old ones that I am very careful of.

Leann said...

I'm still visiting for PS, but boy am I glad that I'm late!! I love Christmas and if you pay me a visit, you'll understand. The dolls are great!!

Please visit The Old Parsonage anytime, I love company!


Jennifer Hopkins said...

Hi Sweetie!

You know I am always delighted every time I come visit you. Your posts are just so delicious.

My new blog site is up - Yippee! Please come visit. I now have my fabulous finished faerie boxes listed in a post - they are just yummy, go have a look; )

Remember, I am now at so please change any links you may have!


Lola said...

Great looking "trees". I have some that I use for different seasons. I have a green one out now.
I really like the orange/black ones for Halloween. May try to get some of different heights & paint them for the occasion of Spook Night.

Elenka said...

You're thinking about Christmas already?? I love Christmas as much as the next guy, but not YET! At least, not me.