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c1870s Yellow Ware Gnome Desk, Match Safe Caddy
A nice antique (circa 1870s or so) Yellowware Gnome or Elf caddy. The caddy was originally used for tobacco but would work perfect on a desk or vanity. It is in the figural form of a Gnome or Elf leaning on his mallet. There are 3 compartments and a striker on the front in the "grass". The bottom has some incised marks, the Gnome if European in origin, most likely German. Overall dimensions are 6 1/2" high x 5 5/8" x 5 1/8" at the base. The Gnome is in good condition for his age. There is a shallow chip on the bottom edge and some dark crazing to the glaze, see photos. Inside the large compartment has a dark spot and there is some wear to the gilt gold which is expected. The Gnome would be perfect on a desk, vanity or counter top.
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