Framed Illustration of “Snakewood”

Description (Brief)
This “snakewood” illustration is one of forty-nine framed black and white prints bequeathed to the Smithsonian by William F. Bucher of Washington, D.C. Bucher, a cabinetmaker, framed each photograph in wood of the same species as the tree depicted in the print. The photos were displayed in a special exhibition, Our Trees and their Woods at the United States National Museum in 1931.
This illustration features an image of a man riding a horse. Both are encircled by a snake, and the snake’s tail is wrapped around a tree. The illustration is of unknown origin, but is meant to represent snakewood. The frame is made of snakewood on white pine, with a back bead of ebony and glass bead of satin wood.
Currently not on view
Object Name
illustration & frame
Date made
Mitchells Geography
frame maker
Bucher, William F.
Physical Description
wood (frame material)
glass (frame material)
overall: 9 in x 11 in x 1 in; 22.86 cm x 27.94 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
maker number
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Work and Industry: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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