Pressed Flower Frame

An image of a circular picture frame with some small brown flowers and leaves inside.
Pressed flowers in the Eldon House Kitchen

Country of Origin: likely Canada 
Year: ca. 1920 
Materials: Fabric, metal, plants  

Pressing flowers was a typical Victorian pastime, and something very related to Eldon House. The Harris and Ronalds families were interested in botany and preserving plants. One way this was done was to put plants in between something heavy, often the pages of a book, and wait for them to dry out. Once they were dry, they could be placed in a picture frame, sometimes with glue to tack them down, and then hung for decoration.