Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Shelburne Museum Miniatures

One of the highlights of a visit to the Shelburne Museum in Vermont is the Kirk Bros. Circus that was carved by Edgar Decker Kirk over a period of more than 40 years from 1910-1956.  A three-ring circus complete with audience was carved using a simple penknife and a foot-powered jigsaw.  The collection numbering over 3,500 pieces was originally a toy for the four Kirk children.

Kirk Bros. Circus, Photographed Fall 2010 at Shelburne, VT

Shelburne Museum, Photographed Fall 2010













Some additional circus inspired vignettes can be located in other exhibits.



Shelburne Museum, Photographed Fall 2010


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Shelburne Museum, Photographed Fall 2010
















The museum also has an array of charming miniatures replicating Victorian era shops.






Shelburne Museum, Photographed Fall 2010


Shelburne Museum, Photographed Fall 2010

























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2 comments:

lambs and ivy designs said...

What an interesting post about a real labor of love....40 years..amazing! THank you for sharing such great pictures!

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Dana

Cheryl said...

I can't get over the miniature circus...what patience he had to carve every little detail. Even though I don't live too far away (Maine), I've never been to the Shelburne Museum...now I definitely want to go. I love dollhouses and miniatures and really enjoyed your photos...thanks for sharing them!
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Cheryl

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