On the road again: Ottawa
Dated Posted: April 8th, 2009
Written By: Leila
Sam just got back from a wee road trip to Ottawa, and although the trip wasn’t meant to be business related he couldn’t resist stopping along the way (despite the unseasonal snow) and ended up bringing home a few goodies like this 4-foot plaster coat of arms.
Wouldn’t this look great over the mantle or up at the cottage? It features a unicorn and a deer (okay, it was a stag, but I guess the antlers have broken off over the years, poor thing) flanking a crest with a ship, a cod fish, and a wheat sheaf. At the bottom it reads ‘strength, integrity, service’. I’ll tell you right now it’s not Canada’s coat of arms, and the cod and wheat will probably tip you off that it’s not Ontario, either. Guesses? Okay, well I did some research and it turns out it is actually Scotiabank’s coat of arms…I know, I didn’t know they had a coat of arms either, but still a very cool piece that I wish I had a spot for (plus you can keep your guests guessing on this one for HOURS)!
The coat of arms was the most unusual piece that arrived, but there were other items worth mentioning too! Like a little bedside table – it’s pine but has that fantastic faux-oak-grain paint finish that was so big at the turn of the century. Or a cast iron grate which could be made into a coffee table or inserted in a wooden garden gate. Also a stained glass window, some wall registers, Victorian tiles, and a vintage doll…Sam named her Betty…it was a long drive home!