This is a lovely and rare little comb box made from chip-carved cigar boxes in similar manner to tramp art. The shaped arched backboard has a heart-shaped top with a central and small applied horseshoe, with applied star and leaf motifs. The open rectangular box on the bottom of the board has a notched, saw tooth design border. The box is decorated with painting and application of a carved bird with carved initials, 'A.O.B'. The back of the box is stencil dated 1898 and it has provenance - from the collection of Patricia M. Meier of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It is in good condition with normal wear for age. The upper left leaf may be an early but very appropriate replacement. Some slight losses to the wood ornaments attached to the backboard and to the saw tooth design on the top and bottom edges of the front of the box. The construction is quite fragile. This is an amazing piece of Americana folk art, and would be a special addition to any collection of this fascinating art form. Height 7.75 ins (20cm), width 8 ins (20.5cm), depth 3 ins (7.5cm). Weight 190 grams. This item appears in my book, ‘Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 399.
Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $30.00 USD – with no tracking is cheaper. This item is covered by our own insurance policy. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
Delightful Americana Folk Art Comb Box, 1898
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