There's more to this antique turtle than meets the eye!
The turtle's body is made of richly patinated cast iron while his back is made of a removable piece of steel.
The steel could be removed so that padding and cloth could be easily attached to make a pin-cushion! Two bendable tabs on the turtle's belly can be straightened when removing the steel component and then folded back into place (like a manila folder).
With enough use and enough pins, older pin cushions would wear relatively quickly and need to be replaced frequently and this little turtle made the perfect base.
He has great substance and remains in very good condition. The steel is slightly bent in the center, probably from years of pressure caused by pins.
We think this little guy would make the sweetest gift or paper-weight. He may be a cute little thing, but he has heft to him.
Measurements: 4 ¼" long, 2 3/8" wide, ¾" tall, 11 oz.
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