Fabulous folk art piece, and a rare find at that; 19th Century or very early 20th, carved wood one of a kind folk art watch hutch of safe, or could be a portable clock or barometer case. This was not build to permanently house a clock, but to mimic the look of a "real" clock while providing a display for a free standing clock, barometer or pocket watch. It probably had a flat piece of wood on the top from which one could suspend their watch from a hook, the flat piece is gone but easily replaced. There is a platform beneath the opening on which to sit your wind up (or today battery operated) clock, a barometer, thermometer, or a precious pocket watch suspended on a display holder. This piece came to us originally from England, and while we assume it is of English origin, we do see some Scandinavian influence in the designs; so let's settle for European. It is in very good condition, only the slightest separation here and there in the joinings from age, very little age wear except on the back near the hanging hole; further evidence of the age as the wear is where it should be. I love the carved designs; the sun smiling face, the bird, grapes, etc. True folk art is so hard to find at all, and it is so wonderful to find a lovely original piece like this that is also rare to find at all. The experienced antique dealer that brought us this piece says in her many years, this is the only time she ever had one of these! It measures approximately 32" long. We had a local appraiser verify for us the age, the folk art origin and the description of this wonderful piece. Great patina to the wood as well, and we have not done any touch ups or refinish at all.
Item ID: 41115
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