This paperclip is made of solid brass and is in the shape of a holly leaf. It was made by the Virginia metal crafters, the artisans who started with Loth stoves in the blue ridge mountains. From there the company went into making many other items and in early 1900's began a gift ware line is cast brass. One of the designers was an internationally known sculptor, Oskar Hansen, whose works included the huge angels seen today at either end of the Hoover Dam. Hansen settled in Nelson County, just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains and carved many patterns for Captain Dick, among them, dozens of leaf shapes. Modeled directly from nature, these leaves range in size from 3 inches to 40 inches and many were actively sold until 2005. I believe this leaf shape is one of these items. The leaf is a piece of functional art, beautiful and useful at the same time. You can clip bills, letters, notes and orders with ease and style. Measurements are: 4 ¼" long and 1 ¾" wide. Condition is good; there is some slight patination from age, which has been left as it is appreciated by many collectors.
Fabulous large brass paper clip, VA metal crafters, 1950, Holly