Eskimo - Old Deer
Take an 'Old Deer' home to your fireplace
Some of you may be disappointed, but we're not suggesting that Grandma should come to stay indefinitely. No, we're introducing you to the latest product of beauty; Old Deer.
Old Deer was designed by Phil Ward, co-founder of Eskimo, best known for gorgeous radiators and beautifully designed hot things in general. Phil developed the idea after his first time deer stalking on a friend's estate in the Scottish Highlands.
Phil loves his Old Deer. "It's been a real joy to design and work with a product where the process of manufacture partly involves a magnificent red deer stag wandering around a Scottish mountain with only hinds on his mind. The plating process then lifts the texture of each set of antlers, in particular bringing out the contrast between the lovely matt sections on the main body of the antlers and the polished tips where he'll have sharpened his antlers against a tree. If you want guaranteed uniformity then this is the wrong product for you, the Stag was in charge of production and quality control, if you don't like the imperfections take it up with him."
Scottish deer stalking is essential in enhancing and preserving biodiversity and woodland habitats in the Highlands. It is the lifeblood of the Highland rural economy and is ultimately the only way to preserve the wild red deer herds that roam this part of Scotland from the west to the east coasts. Eskimo work closely with a number of professional deer stalkers from selected estates in the Highlands, to ensure that everything is carried out in the correct way with total respect for these beautiful creatures always at the forefront of their minds.
Go to www.snh.org.uk/pdfs/education/red%20deer.pdf to find out more about red deer
Old Deer is contemporary playfulness on the beauty and decadence of the traditional grand house and hunting lodge interior; this time accentuating the precious nature of a truly natural product.
The antlers for Old Deer come from sustainably managed wild red deer herds and the stalkers carefully select and prepare each set of antlers, marking each one with the date and where the stag was shot on the mountain. The antlers are then taken for silver plating in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter before being mounted on gorgeous dark stained walnut or coloured Corian shields with an attachment suitable for hanging on your wall.
What Phil most likes about using real deer antlers is that each one is as unique as the deer from which it came - clues to the habitat and life cycle of the stag are recorded in the shape and size of the antlers. For instance, deer which spend more of their time in woodland, tend to have antlers with a narrower spread than those which live on the open moorland, and those which have access to better grazing grow thicker antlers than those which don't. Also many of the antlers are polished in places where the stag rubs them to sharpen their tips for the rut and some may even be scratched and have the odd broken point if they belonged to a particularly feisty beast. The silver then provides a lustrous uniform decorative coating that brings the texture forward without hiding any of the imperfections, which make each beautiful Old Deer unique.
Managing the deer herds is the responsibility of the Scottish Estates and the Deer Commission. Maintaining a healthy viable population is the goal. To achieve that the stalker aims to take out only the old and the sick animals (hence the product name) consequently the quantity of antlers available for Old Deer in any one year reflect deer numbers in the previous season - the product is by nature limited edition, although Eskimo are finding new estates to work with in order to secure adequate supply.
Old Deer is available in silver on the following finishes of shield:
Dark stained Walnut
Corian- Glacier (white)
Corian- Nocturne (black)
Corian- Pewter (grey)
Corian- Sun (yellow)
Corian- Hot (red)
Corian- Graphic Blue
Special finishes (copper/gold/chrome etc) are available on request, as are special finishes on the shield.
As an organic product the dimensions vary greatly, ranging from as small as (Width x Height x Depth in millimetres) 550 x 500 x 300 to as large as 950 x 900 x 650. The shields (included in the above overall dimensions) have the following dimensions 243 x 324 x 24 and should be mounted on the wall using a single No. 8 screw.
Old Deer - Silver, Corian - Glacier (white) £ 1190.00
Old Deer - Silver, Corian - Nocturne (black) £ 1190.00
Old Deer - Silver, Corian - Pewter (grey) £ 1190.00
Old Deer - Silver, Corian - Graphic Blue £ 1190.00
Old Deer - Silver, Corian - Hot (red) £ 1190.00
Old Deer - Silver, Corian - Sun (yellow) £ 1190.00
Old Deer - Silver, Walnut £ 1190.00
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