1930s Tramp Art Wooden Box-American Folk Art
* Vintage Item
A handsome chip carved box, the style of woodworking used to make it is termed 'tramp art' (once erroneously thought to have been made by hoboes). The piece is dated 1930 on the lid, which coincides with tramp art's height of popularity during the Great Depression. Made of castoff wood from packing crates and cigar boxes, the carved and notched geometric designs required just a penknife to create them.
This rectangular box with its separate lid is a beauty. Highly detailed and in exceptional condition, it has the initials "R.S." carved on the front, probably those of the maker or perhaps the person who received it as a gift. The underside of the base was given a piece of thin wood at each corner that created "feet". It was meticulously constructed with tiny nails and glue. The stained finish is a warm brown, not quite as dark as many tramp art pieces, and is protected by a layer of not-too-shiny varnish for protection.
The interior is clean and still fragrant of a woodsy smell. The bottom interior has a crack between the two finishing nails; however, there is no crack on the outside bottom, which indicates there are two layers of wood there. The box has a rim that the lid sits on to secure it.
The lid measures 8 inches by 5 inches, while the base is 9 inches by 5 1/2 inches. It's 5 inches tall and weighs 1 pound, 6 ounces.
This box was made by a very talented craftsman and was cherished over the last 92 years. It's a superb example of American folk art.
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