We just love the Folk Art design of this spoon rack. Using fretwork in the upper portion is not unique but we have never seen this "paper doll put-out" form. It truly makes this piece special.
The spoon rack is made from pine with a nailed construction. It measures 10" wide by 18 1/2" tall and the box section is 4 7/8" deep. Each individual spoon rack holds six spoons with the lower box for sundry times.
This is a very interesting piece. The construction work is primitive - the pine has been hand re-sawn with a resulting variation in the stock thickness. All tool marks confirm hand work. There has been some re-nailing of the box section using wire nails and, although the construction suggests an earlier date, the original nails were wire as well. Wire nails were introduced in the United States about 1880. By 1900 about half of all nails produced were of the wire variety. Based on this evidence and the use of fret work, we are dating this piece to around the turn of the century.
The condition is quite good. The piece had been given a thick coat of some modern finish. The good news is that it had not been painted at any time. We carefully removed the modern finish and gave the spoon rack one light coat of conservator's wax and it is ready to display those special spoons you have hidden away.
For those of you who enjoy early 20th Century Folk Art, this one is for you.
Item ID: FR0428
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