This marvelous piece is cold-painted on base metal (some folks wrongly identify it as bronze but it's not). If you peruse my site you will see that we have matching inkwells to this piece separately listed.
This piece dates to the Egyptian Revival period of the last quarter of the 19th century.
While we have encountered other desk set pieces besides the camel, we have never seen this piece. We have seen bookends, blotter corners, and letter holders. We think this piece might have functioned as a smoking set. For example, the upright piece with the turquoise 'jewelled' pharaoh holder probably was meant to hold a box of matches, the round piece probably functioned as an ashtray, and the smaller cylindrical piece perhaps a pipe holder or loose hand-rolled cigarette holder. Or, alternatively (as shown in one of the photos) the area that we think was meant for a box of matches could be used as a card holder and the smaller cylindrical piece a pen/pencil holder with the round container for paper clips!!
This is a large piece. It measures 9" x 5 1/2" x 6 1/2". It is in excellent vintage condition with no cracks or breaks. There is some minor paint loss which is less than normally seen on the camel inkwell. In this case, the camel is a decorative element and not configured to function as an addition. Rather this would have been a desk set in addition to the inkwell.
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