Delightful antique Victorian era Black Forest hand carved 6.5" decorative box, a detailed Alpine mountain cabin with carved facade & roof, original lined interior and working lock & key! Isn't this one great! Wonderful detail, a door & window on the facade along with a pile of firewood out front and simply a charming decorative accent! I'm not sure of the original purpose, most likely a desk, jewelry or trinket box but all of that is unimportant now. A simply wonderful little Victorian Black Forest casket, don't miss it!
If you've followed us for a while you know I'm a big fan of the old hand carved "Black Forest" items that come to us from 19th century Switzerland, Germany, parts of France and Italy, where they pleased the Grand Tour tourists and still please us all today. These hand carved treasures range from whimsical small bears to large and elaborate mantel clocks, wall clocks, wall plaques showing the most awesome anatomical studies of stag, fowl, "fruits of the hunt". I've got more to list so look through the vast collection. I've just used quite a few piece in our own 2nd home decoration , Rocky Mountains location, and love the look as well as the heritage since my own ancestors hail from that region and others. The pieces work well in Country Manor, French Country, Ski Lodge or Hunt Lodge and even in a den or office. Everything from a pocket watch case to huge plaques - from needle and thread holders to cigar caddy - these decorative objects survive today a testament to the artisan's craft of carving wood.
Very good to excellent condition throughout, not a notable chip or crack to be found or reported on this superb small cabin. The lock is intact, the key works and is likely original. The original velvet lining is intact, no odors or stains. What a joy it would be as a gift, however - this perfectly preserved little cabin. Tuck in the note promising a trip to the mountains, perhaps, or to the Black Forest, from whence this one would have been someone's Grand Tour souvenir, mid-1800s. Measurements noted on our photos.
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