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Tramp Art

Tramp art is a form of folk art made since the Civil War. It is usually made from chip-carved cigar boxes. Examples range from small boxes and picture frames to full-sized pieces of furniture. Tramp art was popular in the United States from the 1870s until the 1940s. The name "tramp art" was not used to refer to the work until the 1950s. Collectors in the United States started collecting it about 1970, and examples from other countries, especially Germany, were imported and sold by antiques dealers.

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ImageCategoryPattern or ItemDescriptionYear PricedPrice
 Tramp ArtCigar Box Round Decorations, Chip Carved, Pyramid Shape Stand, Handle, 9 x 6 x 10 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtClock Shelf, Wood, Tower Shape, French Works, Finish, c.1910, 23 x 17 x 9 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtCompote Open Pedestal, Painted Multicolor, 12 1/4 In. Pair2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtDrawer Backsplash, Star Shape, Wood, Carved, 9 1/2 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtDresser Box Carved Swans, Birds, Multicolor Paint, Inscribed Charles, c.1890, 6 x 10 1/2 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrame 9 Portrait, Carved, 31 x 16 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrame Cross On Crest, Early 20th Century, 30 x 15 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrame Geometric Lattice Corners, Chip Carved, Stained, 31 x 36 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrame Lucky, Wood, Carved Horseshoe Corners, Hearts, Stars, Painted Gold, 25 x 33 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrame Mirror, 38 x 33 In. Pair,2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrame Mirror, Diamonds, Circles, 41 x 31 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtMirror 6 Layers, Ebonized Wood, Shaped Crest, 30 x 16 3/4 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtMirror c.1900, 25 x 18 3/4 In. Pair,2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtMirror Shaped Crest, Applied Stars, Heart, Divided Pane, c.1890, 29 x 20 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtMirror Shaped, Carved, Stepped Geometric Segments, Paint, c.1900, 27 x 19 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtMirror Wall Pocket, Carved Love Birds, c.1895, 28 x 16 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtShrine Wood, Carved, Cross Shape, Box, Scalloped Base, Varnish, 12 x 10 x 25 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtWall Pocket Double, Grid Design, Wood, Brown, Tan Paint, c.1900, 28 1/2 x 12 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtWatch Hutch House Shape, Round Opening, c.1890, 15 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBankChip Carved, Layered Strips, Recessed Panels, Rosettes, Drawer, 5 x 4 x 4 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBox2 Graduated Layer Pyramids, Double Pedestal, Chip Carved, Loop Handle, Footed, 14 x 14 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBox6 & 7 Layer Pyramids, Painted Black, Lift Lid, Brass Knob, Hinges, Drawer, 10 1/4 x 10 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBoxChip Carved, Tuned Knob Feet, Finials, Applied Oak Leaves, Acorns, Lined, 9 x 13 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBoxCigar, Chip Carved, Pieced Wood, Shaped Skirt, Signed, John Henry, 1894, 8 3/4 x 6 1/4 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBoxHinged Lid, Painted White, Lock, Hasp, Padded Knit Fabric, 10 x 6 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price


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