Carved Collapsible Fruitwood Victorian Letter Holder, Ca. 1900

This little gem is a bit of a mystery. The carving and design all point to Black Forest. The blond color is a bit unusual in that it is not the standard dark brown. More likely than not, it is probably carved from a fruitwood that has been left in its natural color. Whatever the source, it is a dainty little item that has survived the years in remarkable condition. It is a collapsible letter holder that is designed to hang on a wall. It has four slots for holding mail and each slot can fold out of the way when not in use. The piece has a backing board with a carved design reminiscent of the folded linen design so often used on Victorian pieces. There are four drop-down leaves that were intended to sort and hold letters. Each is carved with an acanthus leaf motif. The condition is excellent. There are no cracks, chips or splits. The piece is totally sound and each letter slot leaf works as intended with no weakness appearing. The reverse is unfinished but the front has a wash layer of varnish that has added a small amount of color to the carved wood and has helped to preserve the wood over the years. It measures 10 ½ inches tall and is 5 inches wide. When open the letter leaves extend about 1 inches canted from the backing board.

This is definitely a one-of-a-kind item that will looks absolutely fabulous on display. You can shop with confidence at Sweetpea Cottage. YOUR SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED. If you wish to return your purchase for any reason we gladly refund your purchase price minus shipping. Within three days of receiving your item, simply notify us by email that you wish to return it. Once we receive it in original condition in a timely fashion, then we will refund the full purchase price minus shipping charges. Shipping for this item will be $8.00 within the U.S. We will only accept payments using PayPal from our international customers.

Item ID: AntColLH-729

$79 USD

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Kenneth Drews and Joan Drews, Phoenix, MD   

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