|This is a little outside my usual type of item, but it's so unique and well done that I couldn't resist. I believe it's a key rack, or something along
those lines. There are little posts along the front that keys could be hung from. |
It's made of what I beleive is Syrocco (or Syroco) wood. This is a
process first implemented by the Syracuse Ornamental Company in the 1890's. The material is a combination of a wood compound and casting fluids that were then
poured into molds. The finished casting appears to be hand carved. The Syracuse Ornamental Company became Syroco, Inc., in the 1930s, and by the 1940's,
other companies were producing Syrocco.
It really does look like carved wood. And, if you look closely, the piece is really very detailed, with a great deco train in the background, and a city
skyline. I couldn't find any markings on it at all, but the condition is remarkably good. Just a really unusual curiosity, and we love curiosities!