Cigar Box Tramp Art

Posted by Luis Paredes on

cigar box tramp art

Tramp Art is artwork crafted from old cigar boxes by carpenters, cigar makers, printers, and other craftspeople who travelled (or "tramped") from city to city promoting their skills.

"Craftsmen chip-carved the edges of pieces of wood and layered them together to create furniture, sculptures, and religious objects," Lynda Hartigan, Made with Passion, 1990.

I've gather three great examples of this art style from Smithsonian Open Access to showcase here.


"Cigar Box" Chest


tramp art cigar chest

ca. 1880-1920

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

"Cigar Box" Crucifix

tramp art crucifix

ca. 1880-1920

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

"Cigar Box" Pin Cushion

tramp art cigar box pin cushion

ca. 1880-1920

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

 


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