Tramp art box

Object Number: 
1938.374
Date: 
ca. 1885-1890
Medium: 
Wood (formerly a cigar box, probably cedar), metal, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 3/8 x 12 x 6 1/2 in. ( 16.2 x 30.5 x 16.5 cm )
Marks: 
painted: on back image of cuffed male's hand holding smoking cigar with "TRADE MARK" at cuff's edge printed: and ingrained under lid: "LEWYN AND MARTIN'S/A. 1./CIGARS" with same trademark smoking hand
Description: 
Chip-carved wooden (tramp art) box with four faceted and stepped sides including hinged lid with back panel and inside of lid advertising cigar maker; reddish exterior.
Gallery Label: 
This box is an example of "Tramp art," which was produced in the United States from 1875 to 1930 by itinerant, largely anonymous makers. Items were made out of old cigar boxes and fruit and vegetable crates, with chip-carved edges and layering.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group