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Antique Hand Carved Black Forest 16.5" Crop or Hat Rack, Bird and Oak Leaves, 3 Hooks
This type of 19th century hand carved Black Forest treasure would have been found in a hunting lodge or the stables of a manor or chateau, and it's original purpose was to hold the riding crop (small whip) a hunter would use when out on horseback. Many think they're coat or hat racks and they'll serve that purpose if you wish to apply it to it, but be careful of the amount of weight (coat) you put on the 3 horn hooks. They're meant for just a riding crop after all. Beautifully carved, I'd probably be tempted to re-purpose this one as a towel hook rack in a kitchen or a guest bathroom, for dishtowels or for hand towels. But you'll find the perfect way to put it to use. Entirely hand carved, it's ready to hang and use.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. All 3 of the horns are intact, and I find no cracks nor breaks to report. There might be some tiny chip somewhere, but I haven't found it. There is the issue of a whitewash residue to the backside, as if it might have once been painted white, then returned to original wood finish at some point, but a little white on backside. Very slightly so in any recess or imperfection on the upper side, visible in our photos for your review. The rack is 16.5" long, 8.5" tall and 3" in depth (horns).
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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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