Late Victorian Tramp Art Box
This is a top quality Tramp Art box from the late Victorian period. Wonderful deep patina, and in outstanding condition. The original lining paper remains as does the original lock, although the key is no longer with the box. There are no obvious missing pieces of wooden decoration. There is a very small split in the base wood of the lid which is completely normal.
Tramp Art developed in the USA and uses small pieces of wood, primarily from discarded cigar boxes and shipping crates, that are 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 most popular in the years between the 1870s to the 1940s when the art form started to decline.
This box is an English example, and a good quality one at that.
The colour is amazing, the detail great. This is a cracker of an item!
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H: 20cm (7.9")D: 19cm (7.5")L: 32cm (12.6")
Victorian (1837 to 1901), Unknown