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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 ArtFrameChip Carved, Light Stain, 8 1/2 x 10 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrameMirror, Chip Carved, 4 Tiers, Bread Loaf Shape, 14 x 22 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrameMirror, Chip Carved, Painted Red, Black, Silver, 12 1/2 x 10 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrameNotched Carvings, Photo Openings, Signed, c.1929, 25 x 19 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrameWalnut, Chip Carved, Shield Shape Frame, Oval Port, 2 Halberds, 12 x 9 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtJewelry BoxHinged Lid, Chip Carved, Stepped Geometric Design, c.1900, 10 1/4 x 8 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtPlant StandPainted Red, Chip Carved, Faux Puzzle, Open Box, 4 Legs, 6 x 4 5/8 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtPuzzle CaneHardwood, Brass Ferrule, c.1890, 34 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtShaving StandBureau Top, Gothic Arch Pediment, Drawer, 26 x 14 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtShelfChip Carved, Red, White, Green, Triangle Shape, Rosettes, 2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtStatuette ShrineChip Carved, Oval Window Frames, Towers, 16 x 10 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtTableWood, Chip Carved, Dark Stain, 27 x 30 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtTea CaddyMetal Corners, Monogram, BH, c.1900, 6 x 6 x 6 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtTrinket BoxChip Carved, Lift Lid, Dark Stain, 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtTrinket BoxLift Lid, Chip Carved, Recessed Strips At Corners, Scalloped Base, 4 x 6 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtTrinket BoxLock, Brass Paw Feet, Marbleized Lining, 7 x 12 x 9 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtTrinket BoxMatchstick Covered, Hinged Lid, Stacked Bracket Feet, Wallpaper Lining, 3 3/4 x 9 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtWall VanityMatchstick, Overhanging Eave, Bracketed Shelf, Framed Mirror, Hanger, 13 x 6 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtWardrobeMirror, Chip Carved, Shaped Crest, Lower Drawer, Miniature, 8 1/2 x 4 3/4 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtWatch HutchChip Carved, 3 Tiers, Crisscross Frame, Hinged Door, Round Port, 9 3/4 x 9 1/2 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBankCottage, 2-Story Building, White Framed Windows, Lace Curtains, Shingles, 9 x 8 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBankCottage, Applied Wood, Gilt Nail, Coin Slot, 9 x 10 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBankCottage, White With Red & Green Accents, Coin Slot On Roof, 3 x 4 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBox10 Layer Feet, 7 Layer Sides, 13 Layer Lid, Handle, Lined, 8 x 10 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBox12 Layer Hinged Lid, 8-Step Foot, Fabric Lined Interior, Shenandoah Valley, 6 x 10 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price


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