Posted 10 years ago
VICTORIAN ERA CHRISTMAS FENCES
Fences for the Christmas tree were made of a variety of materials. Some of the earliest were made of wood or cast iron, and then later versions introduced sheet metal and plastic. The cast iron fences mimicked the elaborate detail of the Victorian fences surrounding people’s homes. Wood fences were built of twigs, tree branches, or more commonly - wood planks. One may also find fences that were pre-wired and contain sockets for lights on the fence posts.
Some fences came in sections allowing the consumer to create any length of fencing that they desired. Many fences had a gate for “entrance” into the enclosure. Inside the fences people included small cardboard houses, composition animals, German folk art pieces, dolls, toys, or any other items that they wished to use as decoration. Some built elaborate Christmas villages or Christmas gardens, with the fence enclosing these wonderful creations.
The fences pictured are part of my collection that I displayed at the local Library during the Christmas season.