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Antique Hand Carved Black Forest Bear Bottle Stopper, Decanter Cork
A charming little hand carved Black Forest bear with an upturned and charming face is perfect to cork your wine at table or to display with a collection. I have customers who collect all sorts of these bottle stoppers with animals, display them stuck into a rack that was originally for pipes and it's fabulous - really unique and cute, in their wine cellar. These carved trinkets were very popular with Grand Tour travelers who visited the Alpine villages of Switzerland, Germany, even parts of France, where remarkably talented carvers supplied them with a wide variety of choices in carved forest mementos, from little bears and animals like this one to huge carved china cabinets, hunt themed wall plaques, incredibly fine clocks housed in forest themed carvings and jewelry boxes galore. Each tourist's memento that survives today is a testament to the Old World carvers' amazing skill, patience, and industry. They are fabulous accents for Country French or English Manor decor, or cabin & ski lodge, alike. Fabulous for all types of settings, the whimsical to the magnificent still fascinate us today as they did in 19th century and very early 20th century. One of my favorite Christmas decor themes was found in Dallas when we still had a shop in the design district there, and it was a huge centerpiece adorned with many of the most wonderful BF bears, amid pine boughs and other ornaments, it was magical - stunningly beautiful. Get creative with your own collection. And Aspen dealers stock their stores from our goods, too, I might add, but mark them double our very fair prices. We appreciate their business, but hope that you'll enjoy the savings of finding them directly through us. Over 200 of the finest pieces among our inventory right now - if you don't see what you want, ask. I may have it but just not yet listed. I love the old carvings!
This item belongs to my grandson, Chase, who is in the antique business. Chase is 11, saving for college.
Very good condition on this little guy, without a chip to report. The bear has glass bead eyes, typical of the late 19th century bears. We think he is no later than 1910. The cork is old but still useable and works fine. Appears to be hand carved to fit him, too.
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San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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