My goodness antique shoo fly screens sure are expensive as they are sought ~ after by primitive collectors. I decided to try my hand at making one and am humbly presenting it today.
In a former life this was an old strainer that has now been repurposed as a Shoo Fly Screen. The small size is what I liked about this piece and even found an old wooden bowl to pair up with this interesting gathering. I used aged cheesecloth to cover the bottom rim inside and out. The wooden black knob has been antiqued and threaded into the top of the cover with a square nut securing it in place. A little Make ~Do patch has been whimsically added as there are not holes or rips in the screen as can be seen in image 6. A piece of old wool was used and then hand ~stitched onto the screen in black thread. The screen itself is slightly uneven and not a perfect dome shape which really lends character!
I was able to find a nice small wooden bowl that could quite possibly be maple and added a dried gourd, greens, quince and some brown berries for interest. The shoo fly screen fits perfectly over the top of this bowl and you can clearly see the offerings inside. The bowl is in very good condition free of cracks or chips. A rich honey color in the bowl makes a nice compliment to the dark fly screen above. The wear on the bottom of this bowl is fabulous as can be seen in image 4. There is a sort of waxy feel on both the inside and outside of this bowl and it does feel a little sticky however no food residue is present. No odors are noticeable either.
This is such a wonderful primitive gathering that can be placed in your pantry or buttery with a lit candle beside it! How warm and inviting would that be? Shoo Fly screen measures 6 1/2" bottom diameter by 4 1/2" Tall. The bowl is 6 3/4" across the top & 1 1/2" Tall. Enjoy! ~Freight Parcel Post & Insurance included ~within the continental U.S.