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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.
This one is a wonderful book stand that will thrill any adult, child, grandchild and help entice the little ones to read. Imagine this in your child's room, holding his or her favorite books at the ready. Or on desktop for you to share and display your favorite antique books from your collection. The rack is sturdy, well carved and well preserved. Circa as late as 1915, as early as 1870. The back (rear of the bears) side of the base is marked "Kandersteg", a souvenir from that Bern, Switzerland alpine area surely.
Very good to excellent condition throughout. The hinged bears fold flat for storage, fold up to hold books and to display. Both ends have a similar bear facing the same direction. All glass eyes intact and not a chip or crack to diminish either enjoyment or value. There is one small chip to the rocky 'ledge' that the left side bear is standing on, just below his front paw. Waxed original finish, ready to display. Black Forest bears are wonderful Holiday decorations, by the way.
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Antique Hand Carved Swiss Black Forest 10.5" Book Rack, 2 Bears, Breinz? & Glass Eyes
San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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