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Posted 2 years ago

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These Lamps are in a Central Wi bar/restaurant. Wanting to know if anyone knows the origin of these..

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    They look like "figureheads", decorations from the bow of wooden ships of the nineteenth century an earlier. I love the one holding two lamps; an indicator that they might well be reproductions. Is it a themed bar/restaurant?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Figurehead_(object)
  2. osheri, 2 years ago
    I believe the place was a fish shop at one time. They left the figureheads there when they sold it and it is now a trendy bar/restaurant on the riverwalk.
    I was just captivated by these and told the owner I would try to find anything out about them.
  3. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    osheri They look like ship mermaids to me also but I am wondering what part of Wi since I am here as well as a few others on CW . They are wonderful but I also wonder if they are reproduced as they show very little wear to ever have been at sea . But it does tie into a tackle shop decor something ship related ,maybe props for one ? . Very interesting pieces !
  4. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    The figurehead embodied the spirit of a ship and was originally believed to placate the gods of the sea and ensure a safe voyage. Almost every prow had a carved figure looking down at the waves. This one is reproduced of a hard lightweight fibrous material. Original figureheads were a carved wooden decoration, usually female or bestial, during the 16th to the 19th centuries. Although earlier ships had some form of bow ornamentation (e.g. the Viking ships of ca. 800-1100 CE), the general practice was introduced with the galleons of the 16th century.
    These are still available made in resin vs wood . What are yours made of ?
    A example of newer ones . Yours does appear older than brand new but just showing they have been available for some years and still are .This is similar
    http://www.nauticaldecorstore.com/Details.cfm?ProdID=294
  5. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    http://www.nauticaltropical.com/store/Mermaidspage2.htm
    http://www.google.com/search?q=mermaid+ship+figurehead&hl=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=8MkuUM_8B8jzyAHk34HABg&sqi=2&ved=0CFAQsAQ&biw=1355&bih=734
  6. osheri, 2 years ago
    Manikin, They are in Stevens Point at a place called Kristins Riverwalk.
    The ones holding the lamps are actually 2 different figureheads as they have different facial expressions.
    If your near you should go see them.
  7. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    osheri I am a few hundred miles from there . The one in blue seems older doesn't she ? The ones holding lamps the lamps look newer and of coarse ships would have electric lamps like that on the other 2 . Very nice I hope someone on here can ID them for you . I just surmised maybe made later in shape of a ships figure and made for decor purposes ? I do love them .
  8. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Bellin drive over there and grab the mermaid for me ok :-) Your closer . I love them :-)
  9. osheri, 2 years ago
    Hi Bellin 68, This place is in Stevens Point, It's called Kristins Riverwalk Food and Spirits. It is a very nice place and is also rumored to be haunted...
  10. osheri, 2 years ago
    You can look this place up on Facebook. The profile is one of the Mermaid lamps.
  11. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Take a Big Truck Sean :-) ok
  12. caprice, 1 year ago
    I have this very fixture. These were used over the counters of a mens clothing store called J Riggings. I know this as I worked for this store for 17 years. My fixture was placed in my store in 1977. These were in many of the stores. Beyond that I don't know the manufacture of these lights. Caprice
  13. osheri, 1 year ago
    Thank you so much Caprice, I will pass this on to the owner.

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