Featured Brass? cane or hand mirror handle? w/ cherubs glass? stones - need help for a friend please.

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by bercrystal, May 31, 2023.

  1. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

    A friend found this at the bottom of a box of books he bought at an auction.

    He showed it to me wondering what it was, if it was gold & real stones. :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

    I tried to gently dissuade him of the gold & real stones thought but was not very successful. :p:p :hilarious:

    I told him I would post it here to get some additional opinions. :happy::happy:

    It is 2 3/4" long, 1 1/4" across the top portion & the opening at the bottom is 1/2" across.

    It is missing two stones. If you look very closely it looks like it could have had some enameling at one time.

    I could see no markings anywhere.

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    Thanks for any & all advice or opinions!! :happy::happy: :kiss::kiss:
     
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  2. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    @bercrystal, Peggy, HA! Guess I got bumped off doing my editing!!! That is one cool item!!! To me, it could be a Ladies cane, or possible walking stick or even Swagger stick maybe, But if I actually found writing on it, of which I've been wrong before, then possibly some part of a presentation piece......I "THINK", in the dark areas of the SECOND IMAGE DOWN, on the BACK, there is lettering that looks like it's Old English.....for me- increasing the contrast and the colors helps the letters pop out a bit....doesn't always work though......am posting both colored and lightened image to hope you see what I'm referring to.....I think there may be a date showing in the Green part, but try as I would, I could only get a visible letter here and there other than the word MAY.... hoping maybe you've got a good strong loupe!!!?? Happy hunting!!!

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  3. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

    I'll look again in the morning but I think that is just the textured areas. I thought at first it was grungy but the black didn't come off when I tried scraping it gently with my fingernail.

    Thanks for looking & the enhanced photos!! :happy: :kiss::kiss:
     
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  4. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    need a shot from above and below....
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    that looks like scrip of a sort....

    never seen the like of it but a cane handle comes to mind !
     
  5. kyratango

    kyratango Bug jewellery addiction!

    It has a strong Austro Hungarian feel to me!
    The dimensions make me think a 19th cenrury lady's riding whip, a cord going through the hole to secure it to her wrist.
    It could be pinchbeck and glass stones or gilt and garnets and turquoises:hungry:
     
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  6. kyratango

    kyratango Bug jewellery addiction!

  7. Matahari

    Matahari Well-Known Member

    seal.jpg can we see the base ? is it too big for a desk seal ?
     
  8. Matahari

    Matahari Well-Known Member

    sorry, my photo certainly is too big ! cough.gif
     
  9. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    not at all.......
     
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  10. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

    I think that is just part of the design. BWDIK

    I'll try to get the extra photos posted this afternoon.
     
  11. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

    I guess a seal would be possible as I am assuming they were pretty much interchangeable with the different handles.
     
  12. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    that's not been my experience .....:confused:
     
  13. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

    I guess I should have said, "some could be used with different handles".
     
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  14. Bev aka thelmasstuff

    Bev aka thelmasstuff Colored pencil artist extraordinaire ;)

    I've seen fancy parasol handles like this
     
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  15. Bev aka thelmasstuff

    Bev aka thelmasstuff Colored pencil artist extraordinaire ;)

  16. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

    Thanks Bev!!
     
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