Circa 1900 Miniature Model of Black Forest Bear Bench. “Black Forest” is a term to describe elaborate, realistic wood carvings. In Europe, Black Forest items became a sign of wealth and luxury. Often times, Black Forest items were found in royal collections or elite collector’s homes. Quickly, the appeal of these wooden carvings spread to America, where they became a high demand. This small miniature model of a bench would be perfect to be used as a book rack, to hold dolls, or as a decorative object.