Rawson's Seeds is a reproduction of a
chromolithograph of the cover the 1888 Rawson
Seed Catalog. Quite a few seed companies of
that era included beautiful prints in their
catalogs that are considered works of art
today. The colors on this puzzle are very
bright. Some of the figurals are items in
the picture while others follow the theme of
the picture. From the puzzle picture itself,
there are two flowers, a black raspberry, some
strawberries and grapes, two ears of corn, and
a large, bright green cabbage. Some of these
larger figurals have more than one piece.
Additional figurals that go with the theme of
the picture are a girl watering the garden, a
colorful red butterfly, and a bunny just
waiting to eat the carrots. The picture also
signature piece, a stylized iris, which is
signed on the back with the date it was cut and
the authentication number of the puzzle. The
cutting style is continuous
This example puzzle has more than usual number
of tricks. All but one of the corners are
disguised but there are four additional fake
corners. Many edge pieces are disguised, but
the orange and white plaid area with the blue
color-line-cut (CLC) with just enough knobs
to be interlocking. There are plenty of
straight pieces to keep you guessing which ones
are the real edges.
Only a few of these pieces are edges. There
are other edge pieces in this section that are
not shown, but they look totally irregular.
The wood on this puzzle is particularly nice.
It is 1/4" 3-ply walnut veneer with a poplar
core. The core is void-free (no holes in the
middle) and the walnut has a lustrous, rich
dark grain. It has been finished the
old-fashioned way, but hand, with multiple
coats of oil for color and shellac for texture.