Elaborately carved with alternating panels. Reticluated foliates and stacked log designs are on the six flaps that fan outward to hold letters or notes. Sides are curved to appear as tree bark. Switzerland, early 1900's. 5 1/2" W., 13" H.
Figural wine bottle holder from Brienz, Switzerland circa mid-nineteenth century. The magnificent carved, bearded gentleman lays upon a cart and is contoured to allow a bottle to rest as he holds a twig-form collar and twig-saw to nestle the bottle. The rare holder is assembled with pegs and has working wooden wheels. Early Black Forest carvings of walnut and linden trunks, symbols of luxury and wealth, were featured in international exhibitions in London, Paris and the United States. Carving of a human figure, as well as it unusual form, make the holder an extraordinary example for the collector of wine-related antiques. 11" H., 5 3/4" W., 18 1/2" L.
Unusual form. Lower portion is covered in leather while the removable drinking cup completely covers the top opening with its screw off cap. Quite nice heavy quality flask. Made in Sheffield by James Dixon & Sons circa 1910. 3 1/2"w, 6 1/2"h.