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Antique Hand Carved Black Forest Bear Sewing Stand, Thread & Pincushion
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 charming little bear sewing stand, complete with the pin cushion backpack and still holding an old wooden spool of thread. Glass eyes and red-painted mouth is typical of these old ones, dates c.1880-1910.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. I see no chips to report. The old pin cushion has some old soiling, commensurate with age. Many choose to make it over but we like the old originals.
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San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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