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Inlaid Treen Cups
Presented here, some very fine examples of the woodturners art. This type of ware was very popular in the last quarter of the 19th Century and was done by a number of makers and exhibited at various fairs and the Centenial Expostion. Alternating strips of light and dark kiln or air-dried woods were expertly glued together into elaborate blocks resembling checkerboards. When spindle-turned and held by a screw chuck, chisel cuts revealed contrasting and precise patterns consistently throughout each form, interior and exterior.
First, we have a very fine laminated treen goblet that, fortunately for us, has most of a paper label on the bottom that identifies the manufacturer as "OHL & HAUSCHILD" machinists who produced lathes, among other things, located on Passaic St. in East Newark, NJ. in the 1870's and 1880's. It also states that the piece was made for the 1876 Centennial Exposition, most likely as a giveaway item or souvenir. It is a very graceful form with good color and patina. It is rare to find one of these pieces with the lable still mostly intact as this one is. Size is 5" high.
Second, we have a design laminate treen cup made of Mahogany, Walnut and Maple. Very finely turned, probably dating to the 1st half of the 20th Century, but a nice example of the genre. Size is 5" high.
Thirdly, we have a very fine laminated turned urn with a pedestal foot. Made of maple and walnut, it is circa 1870's-1890 and is in fine condition with a great patina. It is a piece that shows off the skill of the woodworker in the turnings that are numerous and very pleasing to the eye. Size is 3-1/2" high.

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