Offering an antique, heavily ornate, metal candle-chamber-stick. This came from my great aunt's estate and no one knows anything about it. She traveled a lot so frankly, all I can do is guess.
I have no idea what the metal is here ... it is heavy and draws a magnet so it cannot be brass, bronze or pewter. It is not iron. Not copper or tin. Steel? But there is a goldish patina that steel does not have. So okay, moving on. The workmanship is very fine, deeply interesting, but there is no stamp anywhere to tell me where this was made, to give me an idea of what is represented. The handle, which is two sided and showing exactly the same design back and front, features the face of a person wearing a necklace and earrings. Asia? Tibet? India? But I have seen that even old metal work from India, is always stamped "India" somewhere.
The chamber stick candle holder measures 10" from end to end and about 6 1/2" across. There are four small legs. The base seems to feature a seven petaled flower (?) The overall design has a lot of cutout and piercing and yet the piece remains heavy.
No damage. Patination and light wear.