Entirely hand carved, this 19th century Black Forest Grand Tour pocket watch stand would have thrilled its original owner and thrills us, still. Imagine carving these all day as your means of subsistence, and yet such was a burgeoning cottage industry in the regions of Switzerland and Germany in and around and bordering the famed Black Forest. Everything from large intricately crafted 'Fuits of the Hunt" plaques to smaller trinkets, to large table and chair sets and incredibly beautiful frames, jewelry and cigar chests, smoker's stands - all at the offering in 19th century. And I was in Switzerland last year for over a week and couldn't find a single Black Forest carving anywhere.
This little one is a pocket watch stand, as you can see. The pocket watch we've shown is not included in this offering. Shown only to give ambiance. The pair of birds look a bit like hummingbirds to me, though they don't have the long slender beaks one would expect. They're charming just as they are. Look the photos over closely. I find there is a clean break and an old glue restoration on the one bird's wing, visible for your inspection in the photos. Already considered it in our price. Circa 1880-1915.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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