Alternative Name(s): Fretwork

Decorative Wooden Trimmings made by Adolph Bruhn & Son, circa 1970 - 1990. They were placed on wooden rods projecting from the wall in Area A at Adolph Bruhn & Son's Wood Turners Shop, 283 Coventry Street, South Melbourne. The business was established by Adolph Bruhn circa 1893 in Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Upon his death in 1919 it was then operated by Adolph's son Sophus Christopher Bruhn. Upon Sophus's death in 1959 his son Sophus Walter Bruhn took over the business. In 1970 Sophus reduced the scale of the business and relocated to South Melbourne. The business closed upon Sophus's death in January 1990.

Adolph Bruhn migrated to Australia from Germany in 1884, at the age of 29. He arrived in Adelaide where he lived for 10 months before moving to Victoria, where he settled, established his business, married and had five children.

Physical Description

Dozen thin, flat strips of wood with geometric patterns, which vary in style, printed in black ink on both sides. The strips are held onto a backing plank with pieces of string and tape. A wooden rod is also contained within the group of trimmings tied to the plank.

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