Saturday

Form Fitting


View from the fourth floor balcony. This courtyard is also visible from the room
where Mrs. Winchester died. The crescent-shaped hedge supposedly had a
spiritual significance. The shape of the hedge was created by using a wooden frame.

3 Comments:

Anonymous vince said...

Stephen, does your research indicate if this particular crescent shape had some astrological or cabalistic significance to Mrs. Winchester? Or was is simply a geometric figure, common to other ornate features in homes in that style?

I see many arcs and curlicues throughout Queen Anne, Victorian and Edwardian features, but not many solid crescents with "pie wedges" cut out.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous vince said...

Another look at the photograph, and I now see that is definitely is a "moon" crescent, not a pie wedge.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

As part of the tour, we always mentioned that it could have some 'spiritual significance.' Although the crescent shape does have some spiritual symbolism behind it, I think the most likely explanation is that it's ornamental.

10:31 AM  

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