Only a few rare examples remain of the lion, puma, cat carvings, which was a rare animal to see carved in Black Forest pieces to begin with. We happen to have 2 such cat carvings, one an inkwell (sold separately) and this one so perfect as a desk caddy or pen holder, though it was certainly originally a cigar caddy. Either use will be fabulous. I even am tempted to bunch a small bouquet of those tiny multi-colored roses a' la Paris, and use this little darling as a centerpiece vase sometime. If you can put a tiny glass insert in there, it would be fabulous as a miniature planter for your tiny leafy plants, too, or to use as vase for your mini-bouquet. Whatever you decide to do with this one, and I know many of you just display your collection bare as they come while some of us love using them as decorator accents) this one will be sure to please all who chance upon it. RARE cat, this. We believe it to be a cat, and you see the tips of his ears are nipped off so it's slightly less simple to be sure it's a cat and not some other type of animal. We'll leave you to ponder his nearly perfect little self.
Very good condition, with exception of tips of ears nipped a bit, there are no chips we can find, and are no serious cracks from age/shrinkage or other damage. There is a natural hairline across part of the neck of the animal, though it is not a break, is nothing but an age line, and does not transverse the entire neck. You can view the hairline in our image. Not in threat of losing his head - it's probably been this way for 100 years. We'd put this one in mid-late 1800s period, when carvers were experimenting with exotic animals a bit more during the Animalier movement in sculpture. Cats are VERY RARE!
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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