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Sweet Antique Black Forest Breinz Bear, Double Open Salt, Match Stand or Inkwell and Pen Holder
A darling little guy, this Black Forest bear is a match stand for your mantel or a toothpick holder or open salt/pepper server for your table - you decide. He might have once had a glass inkwell in the basket and the backpack would have held pens. He has a pouch back, shaped like a stump, and is holding a basket in front. Cute as can be, he has a wonderful sweet face with painted mouth and glass eyes, typical of the famed Breinz, Switzerland bears carved as Grand Tour souvenirs. This little guy would have had a brass pot in that basket, I'm certain, but it has been lost to the ages. Measurements noted on our photos.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, not even a chip on an ear. There is a spot that is slightly rough on top rim of the backpack "log", but needs only to have a brown touch-up. We left it as it was so it would show well for your review. No other nips, chips, and no breaks or hailing cracks in the old wood. We'd date this one c.1890-1915.
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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.
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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