Delightful antique to vintage 1910-30s Swiss Black Forest hand carved inkwell & stamp box, two detailed Alpine mountain cabins with charming carved facade & souvenir roof inscription for Meyringen, Switzerland! Isn't this one great! Not as finely detailed as some of our earlier Black Forest boxes but completely charming nonetheless! Very similar to, and shown in the last image with, a jewelry casket we currently have available. Both with the Alpine cabin theme and they're wonderful displayed together. A simply wonderful little Edwardian Black Forest piece, don't miss it!
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.
Very good condition throughout, not a notable chip or crack to be found or reported on this superb small cabin themed writing necessity. There appears to be one small roof accent missing from the inkwell cabin. The inner glass ink pot is missing however, unfortunate but common with these older inkwells. What a joy it would be as a gift, however - this perfectly preserved little cabin. Tuck in the note promising a trip to the mountains, perhaps, or to the Black Forest, from whence this one would have been someone's Grand Tour souvenir, mid-1800s. The base measures 5 3/4" x 2.5" and the piece is 2 7/8" tall.
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