Solid Brass Whatzit?
by DL Presley
(Central Sierra Nevada Mountains, Calif.)
I have had this for close to 20 years or so now, but I have never known what it is or what its purpose was. Its made of solid brass, appears to have no breakage or damage to it, and I have never seen another one like it? I bought it simply because it was eye candy for me.
I use it for a variety of purposes though, from a stand to display another interesting what-not to a paper or napkin weight etc. It would be nice to finally know what it is though, even though I am content using it in the different ways I have come up with to use it and enjoy looking at it.
It's gorgeous! And I have no idea what it could have been made for. Being so decorative, it obviously was meant to be seen and admired.
I would say based on the design of it with the bird claw looking pincers, it's probably from around the late 1800's or based on a design from that era. Sorry I can't give you much more than that - this is out of my field of experience. I would just enjoy looking at it too!
Good luck finding out it's intended use,