This 1888 Design is a:
One of a Kind
Reimagined Components: A super fun find whenever we come across one- vintage Coca-Cola bottle charm hangs with a Tennessee state travel token adorned with state facts, and accompanied with a salvaged brass bar from a broken necklace. The braided brass rope chain in this design measures 23''. This fun combination hits home with Nathan as he has fond memories of digging up late 1800s - early 1900s Coca-Cola bottles and various brass materials in an abandoned railway station in Tennessee that he would later make art with. This trio holds a bit of a walk down memory lane with Nathan's past and the early days of 1888 Design.
Components Found in: Nashville TN
Among the top few leading brands of the entire world, Coca-Cola was introduced to the public in 1886 ironically as a medicinal elixir. Inventor John Pemberton claimed the drink as a cure to many health conditions including morphine addiction, indigestion, nerve disorders, headaches and impotence. As we are now all aware of the harmful health effects that Coke products embody, some of us can't deny the joyous nostalgia that a classic bottle of Coca-Cola brings to the heart. The memory of mindlessly enjoying this sweet beverage as a happy child in the summertime, or imagining our grandparents drink the same beloved recipe when they were kids as well... the brand has steadily kept its reputation as a staple in our culture and kitchen cabinets for over a century. It reminds me that some things in life deserve to be enjoyed in moderation when striking such a heart-felt, reminiscent cord of our past.
Founded in 1796 as the 16th State of the Union. By the 1850's Nashville was already known as the Athens of the South, having established many higher education institutions as well as being the first Southern City to establish a public school system. It's no wonder the replica of the Parthenon, built for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897, was made a permanent landmark in Nashville's Centennial Park. Tennessee is undoubtedly the quintessential center for country & blues largely due to the rich musical history of both Nashville and Memphis. Musical greats like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters, B.B. King and Dolly Parton have helped to give these cities their much-deserved reputations. One must not forget to mention Nashville's legendary venues like The Grand Ol’ Opry and The Ryman as well as Memphis's Sun Studio.
Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc which has gained popularity because of its bright color and resistance to wear.
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in a design. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.
Vintage // Antique // Reimagined
-Nathan & Ali