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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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 Tramp ArtBox3 Layer Chip Carved Central & Border Design, Dark Stained Shellac, 5 x 14 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBoxCathedral Shape, Crucifix Imbedded In Top, Flowers, Leaves, Flowers, 20 x 6 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBoxChip Carved, 6 Layers, Lift Lid, Hexagonal Legs, Peanut Shape Handle, 7 x 10 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBoxCrucifix, 8-Tack Diamond & Triangle Panel, Metal, 15 x 6 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBoxCube Shape, 5 Layer Pyramid Side, Brass Tack Design, 5-Point Star, 5 x 5 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBoxPyramids, 62 Layer, Lock Box, Hinged, Brass Lion Handle, Picture, 6 x 8 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBoxSewing, Hinged Lid, Red Velvet Pincushion Top, 7 x 10 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBoxSewing, Painted Red, Layered Chip Carved Strips Frame, Recessed Panels, Hinged Lid, 4 x 10 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBoxSewing, Triangles & Rectangles, Padded Pincushion, Hinged, 7 x 10 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBoxSewing, Wood, Hinged Lid, Pincushion, Carved Bead Design, 7 x 10 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBoxWall, Crossbar Crests, Applied Bird Cutouts, Mirror, 38 x 17 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtChestChip Carved, 3 Drawers, Layers, Pyramids, Finial, 22 x 12 3/4 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtCigar Box3 & 5 Layer Geometric Shapes, Shaped Feet, Paper Lining, Hinged, 4 x 10 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtCigar Box6 Layer, Pyramids, Chip Carved, Hinged Lid, 17 Layer, Brass Knob, 6 x 10 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtCigar BoxOld Original Plantation, Hinged, Bracket Feet, 5 x 13 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtCigar BoxPyramid Side, Hinged Lid, Lock & Hasp, 1891, 5 x 9 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtClock CaseChip Carved, Triangular Pediment, Rosettes, Hinged Door, 36 x 17 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtClock CaseShellac Case, Layered, Brass Tacks, Porcelain Button, 10 x 8 3/4 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtCrucifixChrist Figure, Layered Box, Mounted, 17 x 10 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtDresser Box5 Layer Lid, Brass Knob, 2 Drawer, Square Feet, Signed Bell, 9 x 10 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtDresser Box5 Layer, Chip Carved, Geometric Shapes, Lock, 6 x 11 x 8 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtDresser BoxChip Carved, Hinged Lid, Bicolor Strips Of Wood, Compartment, 5 x 7 1/2 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrame3 Layers, Geometrical Ornaments, Shenandoah Valley, c.1910, 11 x 9 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrame5 Layer Pyramids, Chip Carved, Crisscrossed Frame, Lithographs, Sailor Boys, 8 3/4 x 11 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrameCrossed Style, 5 Layer, Photo, German Soldiers Drinking Beer, c.1902, 12 x 14 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price


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