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Metallic Charm: Embracing Airplane Themes
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Metallic Charm: Embracing Airplane Themes for Home Decor

If you have a budding Amelia Earhart or Charles Lindberg in your   family, or an adult member who works professionally with the aviation   industry, metal airplane decorations might be just the thing for special   occasion or home decor gifts.  Airplane   models and wall art add extra interest to a nursery, den, or family room and   can grace even more formal parts of your home.  Once a futuristic idea, airplanes have   become commonplace, especially with a space station orbiting the earth and an   expedition to Mars in the planning stages.    Even so, they are part of human exploration of the world around   us.

Decorative options

You can decorate with planes in different ways.  A simple method is to attach a plaque or   wall decoration.  Another simple method   is to hang a toy or model airplane from the ceiling.  A more sophisticated method is to decorate   with small sculptures or have airplanes on items that will be used around the   house.  Napkin rings or object holders   are good examples of this.

The legend of the planes

History and myth can mix when it comes to airplanes.  Of course there are the records of the   early aviators and the mysterious disappearances of people like Amelia   Earhart.  There are also legendary   aircraft like the Spruce Goose.  Due to   material restrictions during the war, the gigantic aircraft was made entirely   of wood and flown exactly once for one minute.  It flew a little over a mile.  The giant airplane was mentioned in Dream   Park by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes.    Aircraft were the next step in transportation development after   trains, automobiles, and steam engines for ships.  As such, they are part of the fabric of   history.

Airplane and toy collection

Airplanes were and are part of the toys made available to children   to use in imaginative play.  So vintage   toy airplanes are of interest to toy collectors – even if they’re not   necessarily just interested in airplanes.    Toy airplanes were made from balsa wood, metal, and plastic.  Some of them are supposed to be thrown and   slide in the wind.  Others were created   to be powered by rubber bands or even small motors.  Indeed, remotely piloted aircraft could be   said to be the forerunners of today’s drones.    Although Icarus and his feathers and wax wings are not an airplane,   they should not be forgotten.  But   airplanes are mankind’s first step from the great blue marble, with all the   romance that implies.

The perfect gift for a junior aviator or collector, the image of a   P-548 etched onto a piece of distressed, whitewashed iron is a reminder of   the early history of aircraft.  Two   three-dimensional propellers, also made of metal, are added to the   picture.  This listing is from Cole   & Gray, the plaque made in China.

Plane napkin ring

Show your appreciation for your favorite aviator or pilot with   this nickel-plated napkin ring decorated with a twin-engine airplane.  It comes as a set of 4, a perfect gift for   a promotion, license or other special occasion.  The napkin rings come from Godinger Silver   Art Co., a family company that prides itself on providing fine   accessories.

Chubby metal double-decker supports, a fine chain and a bell to   create a wind chime.  Three Hands is a   design and import company that has been operating for more than 30 years to   bring you fine collectibles.

Contemporary   transport wall decor

This is a finely crafted three-dimensional metal and wood   sculpture of an airplane taking off.    In beige and gray tones, it looks like it is taking off in the   rain.  This contemporary 17 story   transportation wall hanging will be a conversation piece for years to come,   whether on a wall in your business or home.

Airplane wall   decoration

This colorful, desperate airplane wall hanging looks like it is   flying straight out of the wall.  It   makes a fantastic gift for the aeronaut in your life or a decoration for your   own wall.  Use it as part of a mural or   on its own for an eye-catching conversation piece.  Offered by American Mercantile for your   pleasure.

Vintage toy airplane   replica

Hang this from the ceiling for a bit of nostalgia when boy’s rooms   were decorated with planes and trains rather than spaceships, transformers,   and ferocious aliens.  Made by EC World   Imports for you to enjoy along with many other decorative and useful   items.

Broun   plane decorated bottle cap

This brass bottle topper is perfect for an unplanned stopover or   to keep your favorite drink a little longer.    He’s the answer to not having to drink the whole thing.  It’s a brass spike wrapped in a rubber   gasket and topped with a chubby little brass plane.  The Broun Airplane Stopper will be brought   to you from Charlton Home.

This small double-decker model from Urban Designs can be hung from   the ceiling or displayed on a pedestal.    Similar designs are also available from Cheungs and Cole &   Gray.  Excellent ornaments for anyone   interested in vintage airplanes and model airplanes, or anyone who loves   collecting vintage toys.  Its cheerful   colors and bright designs will suit any den or family room decor.

Vintage airplane   quartz watch

Awaken your aviation enthusiast with this replica biplane with a   quartz watch embedded in the frame.    Originally from Ashton Sutton, it has a hand-welded wrought iron case   made of metal with a beige dial.  If   you have someone in your family who is crazy about airplanes or is involved   in a related field, this could be the perfect gift.

Let your bar tools dangle from a shiny chrome plane.  The plane stands on a chrome base and the   appropriate tools hang on the sides.    Not what you would normally see flying through the sky, but an item   that could make a good gift or decoration for the cave.  Provided by Godinger Silver Art   Co.