Carved from walnut railroad ties, Lebanon, PA, ca 1935 Lamp: 24” x 8”, Figures: 11 1/2"
The story goes: This extraordinary piece of American folk art from Lebanon, PA was a surprise wedding gift from the town barber, carved in the likeness of the bride and groom. The new bride was upset (understandably) that her husband’s barber had carved her in the nude and placed her by a street lamp like a prostitute. She wrapped the gift in a blanket before anyone could see it and, worse, think she posed for it. She placed the lamps in a trunk where they remained throughout the 53 years of her marriage. After her death, her son, who had heard the story but seen the lamps only once, sold them to an antique dealer, relaying the wedding gift story with it. That dealer repeated the story to the dealer who sold to our consignor.
Original untouched surface. Rewired due to severe insect damage on the original cloth covered cord. Condition reports (given as opinion and not as guaranteed statements of fact) are added online throughout the auction process. The absence of a condition report does not imply that there are no condition issues with the lot. Please call (609) 397-9374 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about this lot at least 24 hours prior to auction.