Carved Whimsey

Carved Whimsey

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Section of a tree branch or small trunk, bark left on, with the inside whittled away into chains of different designs, the largest at center features a barbell configuration with ball-in-cage at bottom, rotating cage at middle and a loop suspended from two links at top, while smaller chains at sides include captured-ball swivels, a spinning ring, and a pair of pliers. Remaining shell is pierced with a pair of hearts and ellipses, and topped by a screw eye for hanging. Handwritten inscription at center inside reads: "Cut With / Pocket Knife / from Solid Wood / by / Thos.(?) H. Smith / Dec\r 1902 / Aged 77\yrs / "a L.I. / American" / Born at / Patchgue (sic) / 1825".
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date made
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United States: New York, Patchogue
Physical Description
linden (overall material)
overall: 1 5/8 in x 3 1/4 in x 6 1/8 in; 4.1275 cm x 8.255 cm x 15.5575 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Theodore Roosevelt
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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