Tramp Art and a Giveaway

In Absence of Alice, Sarah Winston is doing a sale for a client who has a collection of tramp art. I first learned about tramp art when we unearthed a piece in my grandparent’s basement on their farm in Novinger, Missouri. My mom uses it to display shells in her house.

Tramp art is a bit of a misnomer. Here is a bit about it from Old House online: Tramp art is the whimsical name given to a folk-art form that was popular ca. 1870 to 1940. Boxes, picture frames, religious artifacts, and decorative objects were chip-carved from cigar boxes and, less often, from packing crates. The wood was notch-carved with squares, triangles, and rectangles, then layered to created three-dimensional, boldly geometric pieces. Some are inlaid with carved hearts, leaves, or stars; others feature applied decoration made of “found” materials like bits of china or mirrored glass. Larger pieces can run to mantel clocks and tables with drawers.

I think mom’s piece is made out of an old crate.

If you look closely on the right side it says Novinger MO!

I did a lot of research about tramp art which led me to eBay which led me to a purchase. Imagine that — the sacrifices I make for my art. I bought three frames that were grouped together. They are all about 12 1/4 by 10 1/2. Here is one of them:

Here is a close up of the detail:

Monday I taped an episode of Antiques Roadshow and what do you know there was a piece of tramp art! Here’s a close up of some of the detail.

If you are interested in seeing more about the piece you can watch here: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/season/12/baltimore-md/appraisals/pennsylvania-tramp-art-dresser-ca-1910–200701A35/

I decided I didn’t need to keep three tramp art frames so I’m giving away the one pictured above on my author Facebook page. Leave a comment there for a chance to win: https://www.facebook.com/SherryHarrisauthor

I’ll give away a copy of Absence of Alice here!

Readers: Have you heard of tramp art before? Do you have a piece?

 

 

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  1. While I don’t own any pieces of tramp art and since we downsized probably never will, I think they are intriguing. Can you imagine the hours of work and imagination it took to make them. I watched that episode of Antiques Roadshow. No wonder the woman said she would never sell it knowing a dear relative had made it. Through antique shopping in the past, I have seen many pieces and was aware of tramp art for some time.

    Thank you for the fabulous opportunity to win a copy of “Absence of Alice”. It’s on my TBR list and I can’t wait for the opportunity to read it. Shared and hoping to be the very fortunate one selected.

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  2. Sherry, I can’t tell you how pleased I am to see this post! When I read Absence of Alice, even though you described Tramp Art, I couldn’t quite imagine it or picture it in my mind. I certainly never understood how beautiful it is. Thank you so much for sharing the photos of your pieces!.

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  3. I had never heard of Tramp Art, your pieces are lovely. Now I will be looking at garage sales to see if I can find any!

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  4. I loved Absence of Alice and enjoyed learning about Tramp Art. The photos on your blog post are spectacular.

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  5. I think I’d heard of it before, but I really didn’t know what it was. Thanks for the explanation and the pictures.

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  6. There were so many extras in Absence of Alice like the Tramp Art and the military families in EFMP. I so enjoyed reading the book!

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  7. I have never heard of tramp art, but I love the picture frames. I have so many beautiful old pictures and one of those frames would only enhance the beauty. Looking forward to reading Absence of Alice and would love to win a copy.

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  8. Wow, this is so very interesting, I had never heard of it. It is Beautiful! Your frames are beautiful, they look so exquisite! Thank you for sharing this very,very interesting post. Have a Great weekend and stay safe.

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  9. I haven’t heard of tramp art before. It was intriguing reading about it and I loved the pictures of the frame you posted. Thanks so much for the giveaway! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I have not heard of Tramp Art before. It is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you. I do not own a piece of the art.

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  11. Thanks, that was really interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Tramp Art. I’ll have to look it up.
    I love learning new things!

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  12. Well there seems to be a bunch of us that have not heard of Tramp Art..my, my. Thanks so much, y’all all stay safe & have a good evening! nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. My Grandmother was very art oriented and made a lot of things out of old discarded items. She used to make things out of boxes used to ship peaches. Interesting name for that kind of project.

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