Reimagined Components: Antique 1800's dresser handle, vintage Aztec calendar, and feather strung on 4mm 18" braided brass rope chain.
Components Found in: El Segundo California & Long Beach CA
1888's Take: "The dresser handle that makes the crescent arch in this piece had been sitting in my treasure bins for two years at least. That can sometimes happen with my found treasures as more and more make their way into the piles. At first, I had seen a vision for the antique handle some sort of moon symbol hung sideways I think but it never came to fruition and I put it aside. When Ali partnered up with me something wonderful started happening. She began pulling out the old and forgotten treasures that I had unintentionally given up on and breathing new life into them. She has done this over and over again. And, As I watch her drill holes and polish and arrange I realize that sometimes all it takes is a set of new eyes willing to see the treasure from a different perspective. My heart ached with love and gratitude for her in that moment and continues to still." - Nathan
When it comes to dresser and drawer handles there is more history than you might expect. Since 1888 loves repurposing them for our jewelry, we thought we’d teach you a little about them. In the 1660s the brass loop handle with a sturdy ornate backing started showing up. A common one would be the lion's face with a loop in its mouth. The loop itself was often engraved as well for an extra classy touch. Before the 1660’s the Oak Period from about 1600 to 1660 had lovely, engraved hardwood handles which don’t repurpose quite as well as the brass for our pieces. Many of the handles we find are seventieth-century inspired brass, iron, or alloy handles but made in the ninetieth or early twentieth century.
In the modern world, time is often imagined as a straight line running from a distant past to an infinite future but not so for the Aztecs. As the historian R.F. Townsend describes…
My Mother always said that if you find a feather it’s a symbol that you are on your true path, you should pick it up & keep it for luck on your journey. Commonly has represented everything from the center of the cosmos to luck. Used in countless cultures around the globe for rituals, ceremonies, as a status symbol or even a plain ol' writing tool the feather can also be a symbol of versatility. The Navajo Indians used hawk and eagle feathers to make their “Headdress of feathers”. Only warriors who had displayed extraordinary bravery were allowed to wear it. In the stories created by our jewelry, 1888's feathers represent freedom & the need to soar towards passion.Oh, & a little good luck never hurts.
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in one of our designs. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.