Treasures: 'Black Forest' designation covers many carved items

Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson

Dear Helaine and Joe:

Sometime in the early 1940s, my father returned home after completing a painting job with a carved wooden bear in his arms. It was a gift from a customer. It is slightly worn, and parts of the tray the bear supports are missing, so it was relegated to the basement for storage. In 1983, I removed it from storage, cleaned it up and repaired some damage on the bear cubs. One of the two compartments on the top contained a music box that was damaged, and was lost at a later date. It was replaced later. A pipe was attached to the tray to cover a small hole. Does this piece have any value?