This fun little box uses a great play on words to signify that this was a box for the gentleman of the house. The British saying "his nibs" was used during the 1800s and into the 1900s as a mock title to refer to a person in authority, especially one who is self-important; the word "nib" was also used earlier as a slang term for a gentleman. In this case, the box is meant to hold pen nibs, and possibly also stamps. The box is nicely decorated around the sides as well as on the top. The mark on the bottom says "Warranted Quadruple Plate" with "Homan Mfg. Company" around a circle with an anchor in the middle. Underneath are the words "Made in USA" and a hammer and bucket with the words "Special Metal." This mark was used by the Homan company between 1904 and 1941 when the company closed.
SIZE: Measurements are 2 1/8" by 1 7/8", with a height of just under 3/4". CONDITION: Condition is very good to excellent. We don't see any dents or cracks in the metal. There are a few tiny nicks and scratches, indicating that the box was used. As far as we can tell the plating is in good condition and all intact. There are darker areas on the top which could be ink stains or tarnish. We hesitate to polish this box since some owners prefer the patina of age and use, but we believe it would polish nicely if that was desired.
This fun box would look great with a collection of pens, inkwells or stamp boxes. And it can even hold those nibs for you!