This old liquor decanter is fashioned after a monk or mission padre and is made of painted ceramic. He has a rather intoxicated grin with one eye wide open and the other squinting. The large size monk is a decanter but it is also a music box. When wound it plays a tune. One bar sounds like How Dry I Am but then it goes on to play a tune I don't recognize. The head is the corked stopper. There is an original, foiled paper label on the bottom that reads; National Silver Company - Nagoya Japan. I’m guessing that this is from the 1960’s. There is a price of $4.00 written in black marker on the bottom edge.
It measures about 11 ¼” high and is in fairly nice condition with light wear. The paint job is crude but appears to be original. The cork is brittle and edges of the cork are broken off. The head needs to be removed with a gentle twisting back and forth and not pulled straight out. When wound the music box does play….and play. It is meant to play when you pick it up and turn off when you set it down but instead it plays until it runs down.
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