OBJECT HISTORY: SHIELD
noun /ʃiːld/ 1. a large, flat object made of metal or leather that soldiers held in front of their bodies to protect themselves 2. something or someone used as protection or providing protection.
The history of the shield is long and rich, spanning from fearless Roman gladiators in the Colosseum to romantic visions of medieval knights in shining armour. Shield sizes, materials and designs often varied to suit the wearer’s needs for protection. One small and light variety of metal shield called a buckler could easily by worn on the belt of a soldier, and eventually lead to the use of the term ‘swashbuckler’, a word every good pirate is familiar with. Shields were also used as a way of identification; painted heraldic symbols and coats of arms became very handy in the confusion of the battlefield.
Whilst today one does not often valiantly run into battle, shields can have diverse uses. The icon for my shop is a shield based on an old enamel school badge, similar to the one I used to wear. I have always admired the shape of shields and now that it is so synonymous with my brand, I use them liberally in interiors and logos I design, and even the jewellery I wear.
Although traditionally made of metal, this shield on the bolster above is cut from denim, embroidered & appliquéd to ticking. It adds textures & layers to a plain linen sofa, as well as recording your personal stories and important dates.
Take home one of our little shields today, as a reminder to live like a swashbuckler & barricade against negative thoughts!