49 E. 78 St Suite 2B New York City, NY 10075 845.461.8506
$ 7,500

Heart in Hand Carving from an Odd Fellows Fraternal Lodge

Origin United States, Minnesota
Period 1800-1900
Materials Carved and painted wood
W. 4 in; H. 10.5 in; D. 2.5 in;
W. 10.16 cm; H. 26.67 cm; D. 6.35 cm;
Condition Excellent. minor wear to fingers
Creation Date 1890s
Description Exceptional painted wood carving in the form of a heart in hand. An iconic symbol of friendship and loving kindness in the lodge and the larger community.The fraternal movement was extremely important in early American society and the International Order of Odd Fellows was popular in many communities. The carving was an expression of spiritual beliefs and the service they provided in the communities caring for the poor,orphans and struggling families. The carving is primarily gilded with old varnish and red paint on the heart which also has some incising. Originally carried on a pole (hole in bottom) it is now mounted on a black wood table base
Styles / Movements Folk Art
Book References Mystery and Benevolence Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collections
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