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Antiques Thread: African Wooden Stool!

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    African Wooden Stool!

    Hey John

    What Do You Think Of This?

    My House Think I Have Gone Mad.

    Talk About A Nice Lump Of Wood!

    I Think Its An African Stool,,wood Looks To Have A Good Age To It..

    Put Together With Hand Made Wooden Dowels

    Could Have A Use As A Planter!

    What Do You Think John,,could You Give Me An Opinion Of Age?
    Thanks

    Oh And Say Hello To My Daughters Cat (dutchess)
         



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    Hey--I've got one similar to this! My mother bought it in a "junk" shop in 1940. It is carved (quite crudely) out of one piece of wood, but it doesn't have the intricate inside carving, and I don't think it is as high. It has lines of carved triangles down each leg and around the seat.

    Yes, I'd like to know more about these stools, too--like where they originated etc.
    Vivra

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivra Patricia
    Hey--I've got one similar to this! My mother bought it in a "junk" shop in 1940. It is carved (quite crudely) out of one piece of wood, but it doesn't have the intricate inside carving, and I don't think it is as high. It has lines of carved triangles down each leg and around the seat.

    Yes, I'd like to know more about these stools, too--like where they originated etc.
    They are quite common. Probably Western Nigeria. Ibo or Luba Tribe,Congo

    One of the charity shop chains brought a load in to England during the late 1990's. Sold for under £30

    Now what interests me is you say in a junk shop in the 1940's.

    The item you have may in fact be an original dating back to the time of slavery.
    I have seen items of this age go for unbelievable prices.

    I would suggest you contact Sotheby's in London with a photograph and tell them that it was bought second hand in the 1940's. What country was it bought in. If USA and the in the Southern States. you may be SITTING not on a wooden stool but sitting on a nest egg.


    Good luck .... keep us all informed.

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    hey vivra.

    i think they are african tribal stools,,,every male member of a family had one and carried it where ever they went..the more important the person / the more detail went into the stool,,

    i believe they are quite rare (if genuine) as many were destroyed for another use.

    maybe post a few pics for john too look at.

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    It was bought in one of two places (I wasn't very old at the time!)--either in the Clitheroe area (where we were living) or in North Wales. I will try to get a decent photo of it, and if I can figure out how to do it, I'll post it.

    John--I couldn't be so lucky for it to be valuable! Unfortunately I doubt it has anything to do with slaves--probably as Briana says, an African tribal thing--which is what my mother was told it was.
    Vivra

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivra Patricia
    It was bought in one of two places (I wasn't very old at the time!)--either in the Clitheroe area (where we were living) or in North Wales. I will try to get a decent photo of it, and if I can figure out how to do it, I'll post it.

    John--I couldn't be so lucky for it to be valuable! Unfortunately I doubt it has anything to do with slaves--probably as Briana says, an African tribal thing--which is what my mother was told it was.
    It is an African tribal sitting stool....... But remember Slavery still existed in Victorian times.
    The legal end to slavery was in December of 1865 when the 13th Amendment was ratified.
    slavery still goes on today

    http://endslaverytn.org/

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    Vivra if you go to this website www.tribalmania.com ,,then look for his 'contact us' page,,make a copy of his email address and sent him some pictures along with some brief text explaining that you own it and where you got it from etc,

    he will be able to tell you exactly what it is..

    then that will put you in the driving seat if you do decide to contact an auction house.

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    Thanks Briana--I will do that. It's funny, the stool fascinated my mother (with its crude primitive decorations and markings) and me too. It has been rolled about, played with, and fallen off of!
    The seat is carved out and slopes, so even a child's behind slips off it!

    I will let y'all know what happens.
    Vivra

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    Well, I'm going to try to post pictures of my stool:
    Okay--since I don't know what I'm doing, I guess it didn't work--sorry. I will try again later.
    Vivra

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    Trying again.


    [IMG]SAM_0260_0377[/IMG]

    If this worked, it is a full view of the stool. It is 12 inches high, 10.5 inches in diameter. When my mother first got it, it had a thin leathr thong looped around the bottom, knotted (between one of the three legs.)

    (Something tells me this didn't work either--Help!)
    Vivra

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    Me again! Briana, I contacted that site for Tribalmania and emailed them photographs of my stool. Surprise! I got a response back almost immediately.

    I have an African stool from the Cameroon grasslands, made by the Bamileke people. They told me it was a very simple ethnographic stool, old--about 1920-1930, but because of its simplicity it is worth only about $450 to $750 (702 GBS to 1170 GBS). If it had animal or human figures carved into it then it would be worth "thousands".

    They suggested I Google Cameroon Stools--I did, and saw some wonderfully complex carved stools--no wonder mine is considered "simple".

    Very interesting, though--thanks John, and Briana for your help.
    Vivra

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    One last time! Sorry, got the conversion rate the wrong way round--value in GB pounds would be more like 290 to 480 GBS
    Vivra

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    good news ,,,i think these items are very interesting..if you decide to sell it make sure its a specialist auction or something like though.

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    I doubt I would consider selling it--if it had been worth "thousands" then yes, I would, but at this point it has more sentimental value to me than its monetary worth.

    Briana, did you get more information on your stool?
    Vivra

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    as usual vivra ,,,john was right,,i am finding this antique game difficult.,..the more you learn the more mistakes you make,,my overall knowledge is getting better because i know about alot of different area's of antiques,,,i suppose the more mistakes i make the more i learn...

    not too bad though the stool only cost me £15 could have been worse.


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