By Kevin Williams
Okay, time for our occasional whirl through the land of Etsy to see what Amish things we can find. Quite a mix today!
AMISH CLOTH RABBIT: Okay, I admit this is a cool, cool vintage piece. But before I fork over $300 for a cloth rabbit I’d want a lot more proof of provenance. I mean, if the bunny is actually Amish-made and from the 1800s then, yea, I mean, it would be quite a collectible. But, sheesh, I’d want to know a lot more. Still, it’s cool. Click here to read and see more.
MENNONITE PATCHWORK QUILT: This is one again that I’d want more proof of provenance, but, I love this type of quilt design…it reminds me of me: haphazard, no straight lines, etc. These are my favorite kinds of quilts. Click here to read more.
CREEPY AMISH DOLL – AM I TOO SENSITIVE? I really debated whether to share this link. So why am I? Well I think it provokes a larger discussion about what art is and should be. That’s always a tough but worthy topic. And maybe someone will tell me I am being too sensitive, which would be good to know. Maybe it’s because I have a little girl, but I found this doll to be beyond creepy and into the realm of offensive and nauseating. Unless I am interpreting it wrong, it looks like the doll has a black eye….I mean, why create an image of something that is supposed to be peaceful, innocent, and beautiful into something disturbing? No thanks. Click here to see if you agree.
PRETZEL TIN: On a much lighter note, I loved this Pennsylvania Dutch pretzel tin. I wish it came with the pretzels! Classic example of old mid 20th century folk art! Click here.
AMISH COUNTRY DECORATIVE TRAYS: Kind 0f funny to see these because there are Amish people clearly photographed and appearing on the trays which for the late 1970s and early 80s would have been quite rare. It’s rare today but much less so. Click here.