Classic Finds: Antique Skeleton Keys
Sarah Darcy from Classic Bride will be joining us every Friday this Fall to share a few of her favorite finds, inspiration and ideas for chic, classic weddings…
When I hold a skeleton key, I’m always taken right back to the wonderful moments of arriving at my great-grandmother’s back porch entrance and using her long, spindly key to open the creaky door … the glass doorknob was so old it had turned a beautiful shade of violet. Time always seemed to slow down during our visits to her world … we would pick peaches and strawberries and make home-made icecream on the big side veranda. I remember swinging on her porch, watching fireworks on the Fourth and catching fireflies only to have them escape inside the house and seeing their magical lights flickering throughout the house all night long. Skeleton keys make all of those wonderful memories come flooding back into my mind and I know that is why I find them to be so beautiful. And that’s also why I’m so glad to see them making a resurgence in popularity.
I love the trend of wearing a key on a necklace and honestly, if T & Co. has jumped on this trend bandwagon, I think it’s here to stay for some time! For a vintage-styled wedding, I love the idea of incorporating keys with the escort cards or hanging hundreds of them from a ceiling to create a type of twinkling skeleton key chandelier. They’d also make quite heart-felt gifts to moms, bridesmaids and flowergirls. There’s even ancient lore from New Orleans that talks about skeleton keys acting as good luck charms – perfect for a bride-to-be to wear in happy spirits!
row 1: Necklaces from Tiffany & Co. via Pretty Chicky | Antique skeleton keys for sale at CB Vintage | Image by Elizabeth Messina
row 2: Image by Elizabeth Messina | Escort cards with keys found here | Vintage French settee found here
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