This 50s napkin holder is made of wood with a natural stone base and painted gray dress. Standing 11" tall, she is made of dark wood with 12 grooves (each 6 3/4" long) to hold folded paper napkins. She is mounted by a wooden dowel at the bottom of her dress, glued to a natural stone base that is 3" in diameter and 5/8" thick. It appears to be alabaster or marble but I'm not sure.
Her facial features are painted and difficult to make out due to the darkness of the wood. She is in good previously owned condition with paint loss and small gouges to the wood in several places. I have included a picture of her with napkins, though inserting them is a tedious process. She would definitely work better as a napkin display, rather than a practical dispenser as she does look fabulous in her napkin dress. I find her wonderful as a bangle holder also (see photo with napkins).
She is marked with US Patent No. D159,005. This was issued in 1950 (applied for in 1949) to R.I. Sanger, NYC, NY. If you have a moment, look her up on the US patent and trademark website, it's worth it to see the original sketches and how she would have been packaged.
A classic piece of kitsch and a great gal!
Item ID: aa0809-101