United States (1844-1919)
At the turn of the 20th century, Moses Ogden was known locally as "The Jackknife Artist," a well-known personality and carver in and around Angelica, NY. However, after he died in 1919, his extensive body of strange burl and root carvings would fade into obscurity.
In the late 1970s, Richard Rockford, an antiques dealer, collector, and artist near Buffalo, New York, purchased a large cache of strange and mysterious anthropomorphic and zoomorphic carvings that had recently been put to the curb. Rockford was fascinated with the odd carvings and saw that they were good—though at the time the carver was unidentified and a mystery. Rockford began combing Allegany County for related works and soon had a collection of about forty works. Rockford sold the collection of related works by this "anonymous" carver to the legendary dealer, Peter Tillou. No sooner than a few months later, Rockford purchased a real photo postcard that showed "Mose Ogden's Wonderland, Angelica, NY," which showed Ogden seated among a garden of fantastic carved wooden creatures. Rockford solved the mystery, and Ogden was identified as the carver he had been looking to identify. Over the years, several other works by Ogden have been found and attributed.