Antique Victorian to Edwardian era Black Forest hand carved thermometer stand, working thermometer. Mature bear, very nice Animalier anatomical study in petit form. He has sharp open mouthed teeth, and glass bead eyes, and an upright pose against that tree stump that is just charming. The plinth-like base with mature bear and tree is 5" x 2 5/8" and overall he is 6 1/2" high. We'd date this wonderful old bear as being one c.1880-1915. A Grand Tour souvenir type item. We have several of these to list from recent buying trip to France, so look through if you're hoping for several for gifts or for your cabin or home (one for each room, perhaps). All sold separately.
Very good condition overall, with cutest face ever! Painted mouth almost smiles at us, and he has glass eyes. The old original thermometer is in place and has an enameled milk glass back plaque, reads in both centigrade and fahrenheit which is rather unusual. He is wonderful, but I must report that the hand holding the ax has an old restoration, quite nicely done. Sturdy and doesn't draw the eye, but you'll want to know it's there. A sweet example of these little bears we all love so. See photos for measurements and that group photo to compare size of this larger one to this (sold separately).
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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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