Wood (probably cedar), metal, paint
Overall: 6 3/8 x 12 x 6 1/2 in. ( 16.2 x 30.5 x 16.5 cm )
Chip-carved wooden (tramp art) box with four faceted and stepped sides including hinged lid with back panel and inside of lid advertising cigar maker; reddish exterior.
Gift of Elie Nadelman
painted: on back image of cuffed male's hand holding smoking cigar with "TRADE MARK" at cuff's edge printed: and ingrained under lid: "LEWYN AND MARTIN'S/A. 1./CIGARS" with same trademark smoking hand
This box is an example of "Tramp art," which was produced in the United States from 1875 to 1930 by itinerant, largely anonymous makers. Items were made out of old cigar boxes and fruit and vegetable crates, with chip-carved edges and layering.
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
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