A superb late 18th/early19th century English hand-cut brass wall pocket with hearts and diamonds. As the Schiffers point out in their book, 'The Brass Book, American, English and European, Fifteenth Century through 1850', the fanciful shape of the top of this is reminiscent of the fret work on a Chippendale mirror.
This pocket measures 6" high by 9 3/4" wide by 2 3/8" deep. The piece is a nice heavy gauge brass and it is in very good undamaged condition. It has that wonderful lustrous patina that is so pleasing in antique brass.
There has been great debate as to the original purpose of these brass wall pockets and this is discussed by the Schiffers on page 122 of their book where several similar examples are pictured. On thing that is not debated is how wonderfully decorative these look hanging by themselves or in a collection.
Item ID: QS-F071
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