Here is an item I recently purchased for a steal of a price at the Charity Sale I helped out at - I got a volunteer discount and than I ALSO got a discount for donating to the charity - I felt like I was robbing the store, honestly! It's really unusual, and I was wondering if anyone had any additional info?
Here's my best guesstimate:
I'm thinking this is a pyrography piece from the 1910's from either Argentina or Afghanistan. Here's my clues:
1) The pyrography (wood burning art) of this caliber has the traditional pattern designs of the art nouveau period - the swooping embellishments, the clovers.
2) The internal lock (which might have been a re-used piece) is also typical 1910's era lock and key mechanism.
3) The hinges are period correct for the era
4) Goats are part of the culture more in Argentina and Afghanistan, which is one of the homes of pyrography. I thought the goats had their horns broken off, but actually, the artist carved them that way and are complete. I'm not used to seeing goats with shortened horns, so this is either a cultural, artisitic or period-era decision on what was acceptable.
5) The wood is old-school, and is not modern. I'm also wondering if it was made for export originally?
I darkened the images so you can see all the detail.
I think this might have been an old cigar humidor. And the odd signature or marking on the back has me stumped. It's been mentioned it was probably made in Germany.
Actually, maybe this is a cigar drying rack or vintage humidor???
What do you think?