This circa 1930’s to 1940’s figural clip features an Asian or oriental man wearing a blue robe and cap, clear rhinestone pants, and black slippers. He has a long black beard and enameled face, hands, and feet. His head is a trembler attached to the main body of the piece by a spring. There is a bit of enamel missing on raised areas – the tip of the nose and a shoulder, in particular. Please take a look at the pictures for a detailed sense of the enamel’s condition. Given his age, I think he’s in marvelous shape. I have the one rhinestone that’s missing, and will provide it to the buyer. (I’m afraid that, if I tried to reset it, it might land on his nose.)
I found this little fellow at the Bouckville NY antique show. He is signed on the back “B” facing to the left, and “M”, and appears to me to be made of brass with a silver wash. A very knowledgeable friend suggests that this is the signature for Ben Metzler.
The clip mechanism works well. There are marks where the clip prongs meet the back of the piece, but NO oxidation. The piece measures 3 inches (7.6 cm) by 1 inch (2.5 cm) at its widest point.