NOTE: pocket watch is shown only for ambiance and is not included with the carved wood watch holder shown here.
Hand carved 19th century Swiss Black Forest pocket watch plaque, wall-mount, beautifully preserved as you can see. The theme of the hunt evident in the fox hunt horn with tassels, the basket and of course the ever-popular oak leaves and acorns. A wonderful one. These served as a night time "vide poche" or quite literally "empty pocket" into which pouch would go the small items from a pocket, the pocket watch hanging in use as a night clock and its watch chain also resting in the carved basket. The hook on this one is also carved in wood, fully intact.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. I can see a tip of one leaf frond is chipped off. Otherwise I see nothing by way of a flaw to report.
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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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