This majestic Golden Eagle was carved in Switzerland at the turn of the nineteenth century by the Ruef Brothers. The eagle is perched on a rocky outcrop with spread wings, poised and alert.
A carving such as this was either commissioned by a wealthy Victorian traveller or it was made for one of the Great Exhibitions in which the Swiss Carvers participated. A similar Golden Eagle was exhibited at the Paris World’s Fair of 1900 by Ed. Binder & Co. Pictured on page 57 of “Swiss Carvings the art of the Black Forest” by Daniels.
During the nineteenth century and into the early twentieth century, international exhibitions presented unique opportunities for manufacturers and craftsmen from all over the world to make their products available to a wider audience. From the beginning the Swiss carvers recognized the potential benefits of participating in these World Fairs. As time passed, they were among those awarded some of the top prizes for their carvings.