Title: American homes and gardens
Year: 1905 (1900s)
Subjects: Architecture, Domestic Landscape gardening
Publisher: New York : Munn and Co
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
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he heavens, has led to their being consideredas especially favored by the gods or regarded as theirmessengers and in some countries even the feathers ofbirds are cherished as sacred, and those gathered from birdsnests are wafted aloft and ascend as prayers to the deities. In civilized countries thelittle feathered songsterswho are members of thefamily circle occupy a posi-tion of high regard in thehome and from the ice-boundlands of the frozen north tothe olive and ilex groves ofthe fragrant and languoroussouth, infinite care and pa-tience has been employed infashioning their little homes.The making of cages forbirds has been, of course, aform of home handicraft—a kind of fireside industry,and for this reason it has aspecial value to collectorsand to others who trace inthe making of such objectsthe expression of artistic in-stinct toward the attainmentof a national idea. It isnatural, perhaps, that thecages for such householdfavorites as birds should re-flect the architecture of the
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An early Dutch chip-carved bird cage, 1714. Drake collection people by whom the cages have been made. After all a birdcage is the home of the birds who live within it, and istherefore a house in miniature, and to be planned and builtmuch as a home in ordinary. Russian cages, therefore, aremodels of Russian architecture, and often possess bulbousspires and the other earmarks of Russian architecturefamiliar to travelers in that land of the semi-barbaric andthe picturesque; Dutch bird cages likewise reflect the pleas-ing quaintness of homes in the little country of canals andwindmills, and cages from China and Japan are often tinytemples. The materials of which bird cages are made are manyand varied. As might be supposed, wood in some form isoften employed, for wood is indigenous everywhere, and asbamboo or reed is easily woven and twisted into divers shapesand forms. Wood is also easily carved, and carving is aform of universal handicraft. Metal is used largely by cage-makers everywhere
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