Friday, October 14, 2022

In Praise of Patina



Such a useful word when one is an aging person living in an aging house surrounded by aging stuff.  

The spoon above was a wedding gift 59 years ago--it's coin silver and was already old when we were given it. And it already had the soft patina that many years of use and polishing had given it. It's one of my favorite things.
A patina is a finish over a surface that develops over a period of time due to weather, stress and/or age. It is often used to refer to objects made of metal that develop a green film as a result of chemical reactions, as well as rust. However, the term can encompass any type of material, from metal to wood to leather.   

 The goose/swan was originally shiny copper . . .

The floorboards were smooth--but being soft pine, have worn.

The front door bears the scratch marks of generations of dogs who wanted IN.

The basement door and my hand--both showing signs of weather and wear. 

Ah, patina! Such a useful word.


Anvilcloud said...

I learned a new word today that is like patina — verdigris. It refers to the colonization on copper when it oxidizes, I guess it is the patina (as it were) on copper.

Lyn said...

I will look at my own hands differently today because of your post!

Barbara Rogers said...

Wonderful word, and great images. To consider your hand as equally polished and used as your spoon...pure poetry!

jennyfreckles said...

I suppose things have to be made of natural materials to gain a patina - wood, metal. You don't hear of plastic having one. Love the pic of your hand. Mine are looking much the same as yours. I often thank them for all they've done and continue to do for me.