Knights and Faire Maidens alike are sure to fall in LOVE with this fabulous tavern sword and medieval ball flail wall décor in the style of WITCO!! We certainly have!! They are comprised of intricately carved beautiful wood frames with bright red felt backing and both have wood handles while the blade of the sword is black painted metal, and the ball flail or morning star consists of a black painted metal chain and a wood ball adorned with metal spikes. They are just AWESOME! They are Spanish Revival in style with a Renaissance, Medieval, Excalibur, and Fantasy flair. They would be perfect on the wall in a game room above your set of Game of Thrones or Dungeons & Dragons DVD’s or in the study above the bookcase full of your Lord of the Rings, Vikings, and other fantasy genre books of choice. They are a phenomenal display of medieval weaponry and are sure to be a favorite new addition to any room in your home!
In 1958, a small importing company called Western International Trading Co. was founded in Washington State. Founders of Western International Trading Co (or Witco, as it’s more commonly known today) William Westenhaver, Robert Cookson and William’s cousin Robert Post Jr. started by importing art and mosaics from South and Central America, as well as paintings and sculptural art from lesser-known American artists. But soon, William Westenhaver suggested they make their own tropical-inspired wood carvings. By the end of 1958, after a furniture and decor show in Los Angeles, the carved wood decor was a hit across the country. Everyone from everyday Americans to celebrities like Elvis Presley filled their homes with Tropical furnishings and home goods. Witco reached the height of its popularity in the late 60s before shuttering a decade later. In 1977 Witco closed its doors for the last time; but, not without leaving a unique and indelible mark on mid-20th century design.