Well, you know we love Black Forest carvings. And particularly those with birds, animals. These 19th century hand carved Swiss (and sometimes German) goods are just fabulous in any Country French decor, cabin or lodge, or even English manor home interior. I have them throughout both homes and love every single one. We search out the most wonderful, of course, and try hard to bring you just the very best. This one is marvelous, isn't it. The old 19th century key cabinet has a pair of birds up top. Someone's papered the interior, but it's still fitted with the hooks for keys. We love these with glass shelves and used in bathrooms for vanity items, or in kitchens for spices. You'll find it's so easy to slightly modify interior just as you want it. Some just love the look and no need for them to be used. I've seen them fitted out for pipes, cigars, even. This carved keys on front and the very nice complexity of the ornamented carving makes this one especially appealing.
Very good condition for age and type, it has all the side appliqué panels as you see, and there is a little "wiggle" to them you might want to tighten a bit. But usually more loss to carved vines or leaves than this one has, so really just wonderful. We'd date this one c.1880s - maybe as late as 1900. Not later. Might well be earlier. The working lock has the original key. You just need to add your own tassel (helps me keep from losing these small keys, but it's certainly just optional). The birds up top have the front wings carved very nicely. The wings you'd expect at back are about half-wings. I'm unsure if that's a break or the way it was made, since you really can't see them when it's hanging. Note from back view photo to see what I mean, though. Also, you can see from detail the beak of upper bird is very slightly chipped (points are fragile, and are almost always chipped, darn it). There is also a shrinkage crack on that backside, as you can see. And that might indicate why someone has lined the interior. It actually looks very nice, lined as it is. If I were to use it, I'd probably reline with a blue and white fabric since both of my kitchens are blue/white accented/dishes, etc., but you can just go wild for your own space. Cabinet measurements are noted on the photos, but it is 18.5" tall and 14.5" widest, 3.5" deep. The interior of the cabinet compartment is just about right at 2" in depth.
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