[Michigan Tramp Art] Charter for Lincoln Camp No. 3747 Modern Woodman of America, Derby, Michigan.
A remarkable and rustic creation…
Over three feet tall, a spectacular tramp art frame with elaborate decorations.
Within this frame is the 1896 charter for Lincoln Camp No. 3747 of Derby, Michigan of the Modern Woodmen of America. MWA was a fraternal benefit society founded in 1883. An illustrated vignette at the top of the charter depicts men splitting logs, allegorical symbols, and the society’s logo. Twenty-five members’ names are listed in manuscript.
This is the largest tramp art frame we have seen. Chip–carved stars and diamonds, metal bosses and the carved society’s initials add to its folk art appeal.
Description: [Michigan Tramp Art] Charter for Lincoln Camp No. 3747 Modern Woodman of America, Derby, Michigan.
St. Paul, Minn.: Lith. Pioneer Press Co., 1896. Broadside (20 x 13 inches) inside a wooden frame (9 x 17 inches), glazed. Toning to paper, minor rubbing to frame.