Featured Antique brass (on marble??) rat figure on books, stamp holder?

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by Lucille.b, Jun 8, 2022.

  1. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    Recent estate purchase, could see it has some age. Wasn't sure the purpose of this piece. The lidded area inside measures 2 x 1.5" across and 1" deep. Would it be for stamps?

    Also do you think marble for the base? It is somewhat cool to the touch. Thanks!

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    Leather base is worn, what do you think the material is underneath?


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  2. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

  3. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    I agree with bakers, this is just too cute!!! great score Lucille:)
    here is one with a different base. They say for stamps, the one in the listing has a sloped side (or looks to in the one photo) to slide the stamps out easily. Screen Shot 2022-06-08 at 5.21.57 PM.png

    https://www.proantic.com/en/display.php?id=712694#
     
  4. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    Well found, cxgirl! :kiss: Thank you!!! Having the link is so helpful and awesome you found that. I appreciate the info!

    I opened the link and held mine up to the photos. So interesting the subtle differences. The one in the link has sort of a swirl pattern on the base, mine does not. Also the book covers are a little different, and the tail of my rat curls in and around the books whereas this one hangs down. Maybe these were little finishes depending on where it was sold.

    I had no idea what this was at the estate sale, but it was clearly over 100 years old and a no brainer to get it! I do like it a lot as well. Thanks for the help. :joyful::kiss::cat::singing::)
     
  5. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

  6. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    That is very nice! I don't like rats, but make an exception for this one.
     
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