This sweet little piece is a tabletop matchstick or cigarette holder. It consists of a donkey, or burro, that is cut from a piece of sheet steel that sits on a sheet steel base. The burro is painted black and the base is painted red. There is a small cactus in front of the burro. Hanging from the sides of the burro are two steel loops that hold two small pot which are painted red. These are most likely intended to hold matches or cigarettes. The piece measures 6 inches long. It stands 4 ¼ inches tall and the base is 2 ¾ inches wide. It shows use and wear. There is some rust showing through the paint on both the base and the burro. There are several small dribbles of a foreign paint on the cactus. This could possibly be scraped off if it bothers you. The metal pot holders are erratically bent as shown in the photos. One of the pots was broken at one time and has been glued back together. There is a small chip missing along one of the break repairs. Still, the piece has a terrific quaint look so that it would be appropriate to display in a den, porch or possibly in your hacienda.
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