A most spectacular wooden trade sign. These types of "one of a kind" piece of Folk Art are what makes collecting and finding pieces exciting.
We believe this carved Rabbit is from the early 1900's, possibly earlier. At one time it was mounted on a wooden beam or post. It defiantly shows age and wear from being outside. The patina is fabulous as is the original paint. Note the light pink coloring inside the ears. Wonderful.
The Rabbit is carved from one piece of wood and is solid. This could very well have been done by one of the carvers who used to carve ships figureheads. When people stopped using figureheads on ships, around the turn of the century, these carvers turned to carnival carvings and trade signs.
This originally was from a trade sign for a Rabbit farm in Maine, we found it in an incredible Folk Art Collection in western Pennsylvania.
The Rabbit is 31" long x 12" wide and 13" tall. Promise he doesn't eat much.