This highly unusual Georgian item of hand carved treen was made during the early 19th century, circa 1805. We adore items of early 19th century treen and we guarantee that you too will be amazed by the intricacy of its design, untouched genuine color and the glorious patina of this exceptional item. It makes a gentle clatter when shaken that is altogether very pleasing upon the ear.
The elaborate, interlocking rattle was made from whittled stems of a hedgerow tree such as elm, ash, or possibly hawthorn which was then painstakingly formed into this complex interlocking pattern. The puzzle was most likely not intended as a rattle for a baby, its purpose was purely to impress with the skill and ingenuity of its creation. Neither was it intended to be taken apart as it was made when the wood was freshly cut, soft and malleable; once arranged the wood dried and hardened into permanent position. The puzzle was likely produced by a prisoner of war during the Napoleonic wars in a prisoner of war detention camp such as Norman Cross, Cambridgeshire, England. Prisoners held at Norman cross were permitted to and expected to produce item to sell twice a week at the local market or prison gate. The prisoners produced intricate toys, model ships and a variety of carved bone and wood items, some item were even commissioned by wealthy individuals.
Measuring: Height 9.5 inch (24 cm) width 4.5 inch (11.5 cm) depth 4.5 inch (11.5 cm).
The item is in very good condition free from damage or restoration.
We are amazed by the attention to detail and the vast amount of time and effort that was languished upon this Fine antique puzzle. It is a testament to the quality of the work that this piece in in such good condition some 150 years later. We believe this will make an excellent addition to anyone’s toy or optical puzzle collection. After scouring our Treen reference books we cannot find its equal.
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