5/2023: Funeral Wreath
A beautiful funeral wreath is made from colored seed beads strung on brass wire. Various flowers are made from the seed beads, including roses, pansies, and even daisies. The base of the wreath is made of lace from white seed beads.
The flowers frame a photograph of a young man in the center of the wreath. The man in the photo is Jaroslav Holub. Above the photo is a blue seed beads inscription that reads "DEDICATED BY HIS PARENTS".
We learn more about Jaroslav Holub from "The History of Descriptive Numbers of Vrát" by Petr Hoření, who recalls his friend Jaroslav: "I spent many a nice moment with him playing chess, at Sokol, at home and around town, and also something during the First World War. He was passionate, yet fair, honest, hardworking, a good person, and a sincere friend, which I could best verify during our joint military service with the 74th Infantry Austrian Regiment on the war front at Brody and Počajev in former Austrian Galicia."
4/2023: Spa tumbler
Our museum manages a collection of historical glass. The collection was professionally documented in 2022 by PhDr. Jitka Lněničková, who is a renowned expert in the field of historical glass. The exhibit of the month is part of this newly documented collection.
The spa tumbler dates from the turn of the 1940s and 1950s and is an example of spa glass in the style of the Second Rococo. The semi-finished piece, i.e., the tumbler itself without decoration, comes from a glassworks in Šumava. It is glass blown into a wooden mould. Before leaving the glassworks in Šumava, the tumbler underwent a finishing process. Further refinement was carried out in a workshop in North Bohemia.