This piece has been nicely done and can still hold many treasures! It has recessed areas that are covered by cloth and a hinged lid. It has beautiful purple velvet lining in it. It has a key but no lock mechanism. There is some wear but still in great shape for its age. Please see picture for condition.
Tramp Art was an art movement found throughout the world where small pieces of wood, primarily from discarded cigar boxes and shipping crates, were whittled into layers of geometric shapes having the outside edges of each layer notch carved, or in the technique of a Crown of Thorns. It was popular in the years between the 1870s to the 1940s when the art form started to decline.
The artists used simple tools such as a pocketknife to carve the wood and assemble mostly utilitarian objects. It was made in prodigious numbers around the world but it prospered in the United States. Examples can be found in every state. The most common forms were the box and the frame and although there were no rules or patterns to lend commonality in the artists’ work there were objects made in every conceivable shape and size including full sized furniture and objects of whimsy.
Measures: 10 1/4" L X 6 3/4" W X 5 1/2" H.
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