This beautiful McClelland Barclay pin dish predates World War II and has a dramatic, rich patina. It has a coveted verdigris patina that really accentuates the detailing in the piece.
McClelland Barclay began his career as a painter, publishing in prestigious magazines like Ladies' Home Journal and The Saturday Evening Post.
This would eventually lead to the founding of The McClelland Barclay Art Company, a brand that would produce decorative arts, jewelry and other luxury items.
We know that all McClelland Barclay works predate World War II. This bronze pipe holder is a classic example of his work.
Appointed a Lt. Commander, Barclay worked on further camouflage assignments until 1942, when he was reported missing after the LST (landing ship tank was a HUGE boat used to carry tanks and other vehicles - over 300" long) he was aboard was torpedoed in the Solomon Islands.
This dish features a small, but highly detailed tree stump in the center. You can see the trees rings and roots reaching out over the surface of the dish.
"McClelland Barclay©" is stamped on the side of the dish, near the base.
Some areas of the pin dish are covered with a light green verdigris.
This is to be expected in a piece this old. The green blends with the original bronze finish to give the piece a sensational vintage look.
The underside of the dish shows a good deal of wear to the original finish, though the piece remains in good vintage condition overall.
It would make a warm and unique addition to any collection and would look fantastic as a desk accessory.
Measurements: 4 1/4" wide, 4" long, 1 7/8" tall, Stump is 1 1/4" in diameter Weight: 15 oz.
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