We've had about 3 of these over the years, and none more wonderful than this. The fine old gutta percha, sometimes referred to as 'thermoplastic', as you see it here is something of a forerunner of modern moldable compositions that later revolutionized our way of living, 'plastics'. Though not truly a polymer or 'plastic' as we know it today, this mid-1800s 'stuff' was a fabulous invention and found its way into Victorian society in the form of cases for ambrotype and tintype and even later daguerreotype photographs; frames for same (primarily for carte de visite and cabinet card photography, c. 1850-70), and a myriad of other uses from hand mirrors to castable decorative tops for albums, collar boxes, inkwells and etc.. Some say it's a compound using fine sawdust, resin and blood proteins. I'm not certain what it's comprised of, but the finish is smooth and wonderfully detailed in its ability to capture the bas relief artist's sculpted molds into which it was worked. This particular work of artistry is a fine desktop stand that is still useful as a perpetual calendar, thermometer and clock. NOTE: The clock that is set herein is not original to this stand. It is likely a later replacement, and it does run (back-winding mechanism, as shown). Thermometer is the old original French glass 'snail' and is original form all indication. The knobs on front adjust to change the day of week and the month, and the numbers also rotate with the turn of their respective knobs. All parts intact and working well. Big in size, impressive in its relative rarity, and perfect for your French accented home or office.
Very good to excellent condition, as noted above. Metal easel stand on backside is the original, as well. And yes, all in French. A' bientot!
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