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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 ArtBox2-tier Pyramid, Notched, Hinged, Early 1900s, 8 1/2 x 11 x 8 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBoxApplied Chip Carved Trim, Cutouts, Painted, Blue, 8 x 6 x 4 1/2 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtBoxChip Carved, Lift Top, Stars, Gilding, 1800s, 6 3/8 x 7 1/2 x 9 1/4 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtCabinetMedicine, 4 Interior Shelves, Chip Carved, White, Blue Paint2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtChestFlowers & Diamonds, 2 Drawers, Late 1800s, 9 3/4 x 9 5/8 x 7 1/2 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtChestNotched, Geometric, 5 Drawers, Late 1800s, 12 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 5 1/2 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtCigar BoxStacked Diamond Designs, Hinged Lid, Handle, C.19002005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrame1 Over 3 Over 1 Picture Openings, Porcelain Button Tacks, 20 x 15 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrameCarte De Visite, Porcelain Tack Buttons, Holds 13 Pictures, 27 1/2 x 20 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrameChip Carved, Alligator Varnish Finish, 20 x 17 1/2 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrameDouble, Crown-of-thorns Pattern, Cedar, 20 x 17 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrameExtended Corner Blocks, Center Crest, C.1898, 31 1/2 x 28 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrameNotch Carved, Diamond, Heart, Circles, 7 Openings, 1800s, 19 x 21 1/4 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrameNotch Carved, Stepped, Gilding, 1800s, 15 1/2 x 14 1/4 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFramePuzzle Work, Crucifix Crest, 5 Openings, C.1900, 29 x 15 7/8 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrameQueen Anne Style, Pediment Top, Oak Leaves, Acorns, Glass Stars, 24 x 49 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrameStar Shape, Carved Flowers, Stars, Fretwork, 20th Century, 21 In. ~illus2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtFrameSunburst Medallions, Scalloped Opening, Green, 1800s, 31 x 27 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtJewelry BoxInterior Tray, Chip Carved, Brass Mounts, Feet, 7 x 12 1/2 x 8 1/2 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtLampEiffel Tower, Notch Carved, Early 1900s, 33 5/8 x 12 1/4 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtLanternHanging, Notch Carved, C.1900, 11 1/2 x 5 5/8 x 5 7/8 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtMirrorSawtooth Border, Arrow Corners, Applied Star & Leaf, 19 1/2 x 24 1/2 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtPlaqueEagle, Spread Wings, Arrow, 1800s, 9 1/4 x 16 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtShelfCorner, Chip Carved, Hemispherical, 1800s, 22 x 16 x 13 3/4 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tramp ArtSideboardChip Carved, 2 Drawers, 2 Doors, C.1900, 36 1/2 x 46 1/2 x 22 3/4 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price


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