Wonderland Treasures Collection: Antique USA Tin Coving Tile Shelf (3)
Wonderland Treasures Collection: Framed Antique USA Tin Ceiling Tile (3)
Tin tiles were introduced to the USA in 1800s as an affordable way to mimmic the ornate plaster ceilings, covings, cornices and wainscots found in European houses. These architectural elements became very popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s, leading to the development of around forty five US tin companies in the nineteenth century.
The tin plate was pressed over a decorative mould to create a patterned metal in relief. The metal was then painted to evoke plasterwork.
The tiles and shelves are in lovely old condition with an attractive peeling paint patina naturally created through age. The tile has been wrapped over a simple timber frame. The tin coving is transformed into unique shelving with a rustic timber shelf on the top and simple fittings on the back for a flush fit.
Now highly covetable, the antique tiles are salvaged and mounted as individual pieces of architectural history with a strong aesthetic and visual appeal.