A deer antler chandelier can be dramatic and awe inspiring, and rustic antler chandeliers are the perfect complement for an upscale hunting lodge or a cabin in the woods.
Best of all, they are made from real deer antlers that have been shed naturally by animals in the fall. No animal is hurt or killed to use their antlers. Antlers are a renewable and sustainable resource.
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Deer Antler Chandelier History
The use of deer antlers goes back thousands of years. Ancient Chinese physicians used ground antlers in their tonics and medicines for healing.
In the Americas, native Americans used antlers to make knife handles, spear points, scrapers for processing animal hides, combs and hairpins.
Medieval Europe saw the advent of antler candle holders.
From there, the transition was easy. Standing deer antler chandelier candle holders gave way to hanging candle holders or candelabras—the forerunner of our modern antler chandeliers. European castles in Great Britain and Germany proudly used antler chandeliers in their grand rooms.
Today, you often see a deer antler chandelier or an elk or moose chandelier featured in rustic resorts, in high end rustic restaurants, in timber frame lodges and, of course, in log hunting cabins.
Lighting fixtures, like chandeliers, in a log or timber home, should be purchased before your home is built., Installation becomes much more difficult after the home has been finished.
Mule Deer vs. Whitetail Deer
So what is the difference between whitetail deer and mule deer–and does that affect an antler chandelier?
At first glance, these two deer look pretty similar. In fact, many new hunters have difficulty telling them apart from a distance.
Here’s the lowdown:
- The Deer’s Ears – Mule deer were named because of their large mule-like ears. Mule deer’s ears are larger than whitetail deer’s ears. In addition, mule deer tend to hold their ears at an angle, while whitetail deer usually hold their ears more erect, or straight up.
- Deer Tails – The mule deer has a thin white tail with a black tip. The white-tailed deer has a brown tail with a white underside. It uses its tail to warn other deer of impending danger.
- Fur Color – Mule deer tend to be grayish brown, while white tail deer tend to be reddish brown in the summer and turn to grayish brown in the winter.
- Size of Deer – Both deer can range from 80 pounds to 400 pounds, with mule deer tending to be a bit larger.
- Deer Antlers – Both mule deer and whitetail deer shed their antlers every year, after the rut or breeding season. Mule deer have antlers that fork. Their antlers have a main beam that splits into 2 directions. Whitetail deer have antlers with one main beam, from which all other tines branch out.
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