A darling little wall-mount caddy to old your incoming and outgoing mail, or your stationery or recipe cards. These used to be used to organize one's week, and normally came with 6 or 7 hinged brackets. This one has 6, so likely more for mail and appointment cards. Each of those carved sections are hinged and can rest flat against the backing or can lean forward at about 20 degrees to hold papers items. They're showing slightly askance in my photographer's effort to show the rack's form, but they do each open to exactly the same degree angle, and will not move further, so very uniform and not uneven. The rack is a nice larger one at 13.5" tall overall. And the carving is gorgeous. It has a bit of a shine in our photos because we'd just given the old wood a cleaning and wood oil treatment, but it's not shiny now that it's soaked in. It is the original finish. No shellac nor varnish. It's just that I'd cleaned it up just a bit before my photographer got to work.
Very good to excellent condition, I don't find any chips on this item except two tiny nip to a leaf tip on the fold-out bottom left and 3rd fold out from bottom, also left and about the same. Only a tiny nip, you probably won't even see it without my note., no cracks or breaks to mention. Rack or caddy is ready to hang and enjoy. Just in from France, and again, it's 13.5" long, 5.5" wide.
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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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