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1920s Tiki Surfboard, Bentwood, Original

$6,215.00
Item Number:
5219

Amazingly this fantastic surfboard has survived 85 years!  It is simply one of the most beautiful surfboards that we have had the privilege to sell.  Made of two pieces of thin wood that were glued, laminated, together and then steamed to give the nose “rocker”. Offering the board easier maneuverability through the breakers, and making it easier to catch a wave on, as the nose was up and out of the water.  After steaming the board was handprinted and varnished.  At some point later in its life a fin (no longer present) appears to have been added.  

The rendering of an early 1900s interpretation of island gods is historically fascinating. From the 1960s on Tiki culture rendered these likenesses as more popular culture ala Trader Vics tiki mugs and later Shag design, in short kitch.  There is absolutely nothing kitch about this tiki!        

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1920s Tiki Surfboard, Bentwood, Original. 


Place of Origin::
USA
Style::
Folk Art
Period::
1920-1929
Item Height::
97 inches
Item Width::
19.25 inches
Item Height::
.25
Condition::
This board has a wonderful patina, the paint is still vibrant, the old original artwork wonderfully clear. Over the years the varnish has weathered and yellowed; majestically protecting the wonderful tiki motif underneath.
Wear:
There are obvious signs of paint loss, a few dings and the fin has disappeared. All this adds to the beauty and charm of this stunning survivor. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. Minor fading.

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Amazingly this fantastic surfboard has survived 85 years!  It is simply one of the most beautiful surfboards that we have had the privilege to sell.  Made of two pieces of thin wood that were glued, laminated, together and then steamed to give the nose “rocker”. Offering the board easier maneuverability through the breakers, and making it easier to catch a wave on, as the nose was up and out of the water.  After steaming the board was handprinted and varnished.  At some point later in its life a fin (no longer present) appears to have been added.  

The rendering of an early 1900s interpretation of island gods is historically fascinating. From the 1960s on Tiki culture rendered these likenesses as more popular culture ala Trader Vics tiki mugs and later Shag design, in short kitch.  There is absolutely nothing kitch about this tiki!        

Please contact us for a shipping quote.

1920s Tiki Surfboard, Bentwood, Original.