A true Scandinavian antique! A tile stove damper tapestry or spjällband
(this is not the modern bell pull style tapestry made with a kit).
Spjällband history: these decorative bands were created to hide the metal cords used to pull the damper of the traditional Scandinavian tile stoves. Typically attached to the damper arm high up, they were suppose to be used as decoration only. Some, like this one, could have been used in lieu of a cord and was actually used to pull the damper. You could associate these long tapestry bands with Gustavian or Art Nouveau style decorations originally found most likely in estate homes or mansions in the 19th century. The trend of decorating the damper continued into smaller homes and apartments with tile stoves well into the early 20th century.
5 feet in length from top of tapestry to bottom (not including tassel). Total length with the tassel is 68” (Or 5.5’ long).
5 inches wide.
Front is embroidered needlework, backed with aged satin (most likely the original color was yellow). Embroidery features flowers and leaves with a tuft of cream and yellow wool yarn as the tassel.
Condition: there are some small dark spots on the front in multiple areas (see video and photos). Satin backing is very stained, discolored and most definitely shows its age. Likely stained from being next to the stove for years? I have not attempted to clean this item in fear of either ruining it or changing its antique look/patina. This could be a project to restore it? Replace the backing possibly?
I have researched and I have found a spjällband ribbon tapestry exactly like this one in the Sörmlands museum’s digital files:https://sokisamlingar.sormlandsmuseum.se/items/show/293118