"Nearly famous since 2001"
The Sara B. Carlisle Collection
Sara B. Carlisle
This mold measures 9 3/8” x 5 1/2” x 1” and is carved on both sides. This board is referred to as an alphabet board. These were typically given to young school age children to help them with learning their letters. On one side you will find the alphabet and on the other you will see 28 different picture images each within its own frame. All of the individual pictures measure 1” x 1” and all of the images are very detailed and beautifully carved. Feathers, fur, hair, eyes and buttons can all be seen with detail. One of the most interesting images to me is of a snail hiking. The original owners signature, Margarete Simader, is still on this board. The board dates to the 1800's.
This board dates to around 1811 and measures about 10 3/4” x 4” x 7/8”. The eight individual scenes measure about 2.25” x 1 .75” each. There are 4 different borders for these detailed framed pictures that depict the Life of Christ. It looks to be made from a piece of fruit wood and has mellowed beautifully with age.
Life of Christ board
This board with its unique motifs measures about 8 3/8” x 5 1/2” x 7/8” and carries a stamped "S" in a circle on it. The board dates to about 1849. There are a few motifs I have not seen on a board before. Those being the Skeleton Reaper, the Skull beside the crypt and the Preacher at the pulpit. Visible on the back of this board are the practice marks the carver made.
The title of this board is S mold.
This mold which is referred to as the "FAW" mold is from Ulm Germany and had resided in a private collection. It now resides in the Sara B. Carlisle Collection. It measures 16 3/4" x 10" x 2 1/4" and carries the initials FAW.
The wood is heavy and dense with a very warm rich patina.
Due to its size, I believe it to be a Lebkuchen mold. Estimated to be from around 1720, this is the work of a master carver.
On one side you see an almost mirrored image of Christ on the cross and the other side, flowers. The carver certainly paid attention to details.
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