Original blackforest carved bear ash tray, these Were souvenirs of the grand tour to Europe in the Late 19th century. Highly collectible antiques. Most likely Swiss or south German and is in excellent condition. (Circa 1870) In Europe Black Forest carvings (wares) became a symbol of luxury and wealth. The finest pieces of Black Forest carving was often found in Royal collection and elite collector’s homes (usually Victorian world travelers). This particular bear is excellently carved and has a great expression!