Black Forest

Rustic and whimsical in appearance, dating from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s and commonly known as 'Black Forest', is generally identified by its naturalistic designs. Their origin is in actually from the south of France, although Switzerland and Germany which is the more common belief. This style was started as a hobby by the local Swiss Trauffer family, when F. Peter Trauffer began selling his carvings to the public. Known as; F. Peter-Trauffer, Grand Panorama, Löwenplatz, Lucerne, Peter soon realized the potential as souvenirs for summer tourists. By the turn of the century, Peter published a small catalogue and listed such items as; all kinds of wood carvings, artistical, ornamental and articles for use, plus furniture for drawing rooms, smoking rooms and clubrooms.