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AMERICAN BRILLIANT CUT GLASS


The Cut Glass display belongs to Mr. H.C. Brillhart, Jr. and is on loan to the Museum. The American Brilliant Cut Glass period ran from 1830 to 1916.  "Cut glass" is glass that has been decorated entirely by hand by use of rotating wheels. Cuts are made in an otherwise completely smooth surface of the glass by artisans holding and moving the piece against various sized metal or stone wheels.  Cutting may be combined with other decorative techniques, but "cut glass" usually refers to a glass object that has been decorated entirely by cutting.










THE SPENCER PARLOR


This room depicts what a home looked like around 1919.  The fainting couch was developed for women who wore tight corsets under their dresses and were unable to sit in regular chairs.  The piano was brought into the local area in a covered wagon.  And yes, the pink wall color really was a popular wall treatment.











CARVED HORSE SCULPTURES


These two horse sculptures are on loan from Harold Courson.  They were carved by Chester Armstrong from Sisters, Oregon. From a single piece of Black Walnut wood.