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.
This wonderful 19th century hand carved Black Forest jewelry box would date c.1860-90, and is in remarkably fine condition for age and type. Both a fox and a bird, carved with such amazing anatomical accuracy and charm, and all from a single piece of wood. The box retains original interior silk velvet in red which has faded over time but it's complete and very nicely preserved otherwise. The lock appears to be a working lock, but we do not have the original key at listing time. We'll try some of our stash of antique keys we keep around, and will annotate if, indeed, we're able to locate one that will fit the lock and turn the pin. At listing, it is priced without key.
Very good to excellent condition just a as you can see. There are not any flaws to note, really, other than the nose of the fox, which was broken off when we acquired the box and we've had that one restoration done on the box. You won't even notice it so I'm pointing it out here. The box measurements are noted on the photos, as always, but they are: 8.5" long, 7.5" tall and 4.25" front to back.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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