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Antique Black Forest Bear Pipe Smoker's Stand, Tobacco Tray, Hand Carved
Antique hand carved wood smoker's stand with carved bear, holder for a pipe (note the special form) and a dish carved away for a pouch of pipe tobacco. Circa 1900, these were popular as Grand Tour souvenirs and remain highly collectible. Nice larger-sized one, the platform is 7 1/8" x 5 1/2" and set is 4.5" overall. Bear is carved very nicely and is a cub with painted mouth and glass eyes.
Very good to excellent for age and type. Usually we see a few chips, particularly ears and paws, but this little guy is really in fine condition. Glass eyes and painted mouth, and there's a stump there onto which an opened match book rests, as well. Please note, pipe is not for sale.
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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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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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