Antique Barnyard Decoration
39" x 45"
This 19th-century rustic folk art barn decoration is made out of wood and can be hung outdoors and indoors. This particular piece was found in Ohio, USA. The barn star originated with the Pennsylvania Dutch settlers of whom were many farmers. Similar to the superstition of hanging a horseshoe on a barn, the history of the barn star began as an attempt to ward off evil. European settlers would sometimes paint elaborate star images on their barns.These star signs eventually came to be known as "hex signs." The term was derived from the word hexe, which means witch in German. Barn stars were originally used in the United States during the 18th century and their popularity seems to have increased greatly following the Civil War. Today, many urban and rural houses throughout Canada and the United States are adorned with such decorative objects. Add this historic wooden piece to enliven the aesthetic appearance of your own dwelling.
At this time in the United States, inventor Thomas Edison (1847–1931) filed his first U.S patent application for “Improvement in Electric Lights” on October 14, 1878. Contrary to widely held public belief, Edison did not invent the concept of the light bulb; this was done by British scientist Warren de la Rue (1815–1889) in 1840. Instead, Edison improved the design, replacing the more expensive coiled platinum filament with a more cost effective carbon filament. A highly prolific inventor who held over 1,000 US patents, Edison also developed other important modern devices, including the phonograph and motion picture camera.