February 4, 2011
Winter Light: Knobs and Handles
A tracery of shadow on the green wall of my bedroom balances the larger form of porcelain fixture and its dangling switch. Sharp light encourages me to notice details often overlooked, like the twist of old cloth, poignantly worn, wrapped around the hanging chain.
An old porcelain knob, with a centered screw, is the handle which opens a closet door.
The old kitchen hutch has nautical brass latches and a wooden door pull.
This beautifully formed handle, touched with blue paint, is on a large antique crock which now holds dried marjoram.
Here is an old repair on an original door latch in my kitchen. The keeper must have broken, so a piece of wire was used to hold the latch. I find evidence of this thrifty care so very touching, and I love the sense of time and history it brings to my surroundings.