FINE LARGE ANTQUE HAND 3 DIMENSIONAL HAND CARVED PAIR OF DICE CIRCA 1850. FINE LARGE ANTIQUE 3 DIMENSIONAL. FOLK ART DICE CIRCA 1850. ANTIQUE HAND CAVED 3-DIMENSIONAL FIGURAL PAIR OF DICE. VICTORIAN PERIOD CIRCA 1850 FOLK ART ONE-OF-A-KIND.This is a unique pair of hand carved, 3-dimensional, figural dice that would have been very controversial and bawdy for the then Victorian norms. Not only were the Victorian populace very prim and proper but overt displays of graphic images was considered shocking and was a forbidden sin. Gambling also was considered to be a dangerous vice.
Thus, this pair of gambling dice would have been hand carved and perhaps intended for a Wealthy Gentleman of means who would be considered a Rakish Sporting Gent and could only display this pair in confidence with another Gentleman of means for a gambling game. The pair depict both a male and female in crouching positions, and the accents are inlaid ebony wood.
The carving is exceptional with great attention to detail. I have never seen another carved pair such as this. However, I have seen a similar pair in the same fashion but made in porcelain.This is a large pair, with dimensions ranging from 1 to 1 1/4 and weighs a total of 1.6 ounces or 48 grams. This pair was hand crafted by an accomplished Artisan circa 1850; perhaps by a sailor on a 3 masted schooner. This was the height of the whaling period and deck hands aboard sailing ships during this period had access to materials and created fine folk-art artifacts for sale in shops in the ports they visited before heading for the local pub. This also could have been made by a sailor for his own use, as sailors were known to drink and gamble when fresh to port. Overall, in fine, original, untouched condition that collectors love to see. Exceptions include holidays, power outages, and evacuations. Claims such as doesn't match description or photos, doesn't seem authentic, Doesn't fit, Wrong item sent, Missing parts or pieces, Doesn't work or defective, Arrived damaged. Due to a myriad of International and U. Listing and template services provided by inkFrog.
The item "FINE & RARE UNIQUE ANTIQUE 3-D HAND CARVED OBJECT D' ART PAIR OF DICE c. 1850" is in sale since Monday, October 18, 2021.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Maritime\Maritime Folk Art". The seller is "1knifeguy1" and is located in Fairfield, California. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay.