The gnomes are always hard to find, wonderful to collect. They don't ever stay in our inventory long. I've got a couple of them to list today. This one is a happy little miner with his bunched up cap and his long beard framing a smiling face. He's using a long pole to dislodge a gemstone. That is a gem and not a carved wood piece. I'm unsure if it's amethyst or quartz/something else. It's a bit hard to tell, but it is like many carved in that late 1800s Grand Tour tourist era, one that includes the natural stone. We've included a close up so you can see the stone. I should have gotten into it with a damp toothbrush, I can see now. Sorry. Will do! Thinking it's amethyst.
Very good condition with only notation one of an old repaired crack at the base of the pry-bar our little miner is holding. You can evaluate it in the same close-up photo that shows the crystal he's prying loose. There are some various light rubs to his hat brim, but no chips. Appears to have been a decorative item like a paperweight, since it has no pot for matches nor striker pad, as some this size do. The little guy is nearly 5" tall and the base he's on is 5.5" x 3" oval.
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