Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Coat Hook

After a gardening session I hung up my work clothes on one of the original coat hooks in the tiny vestibule leading to the servant's quarters in the attic. I remembered that the coat hook precedes the coat hanger as a storage device.

This 1890 house is a silent essay in the history of housekeeping, and the coat hooks say much about how the place was used. Some of the hooks are bent from heavy steel wire, others are cast brass. All of the hooks are located in the most convenient spot for changing clothes to change activities. I appreciate their elegant economy of space, materials, and time.

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