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Antique German Carved Meershaum & Amber Cigar Holder with Case
Antique German carved meerschaum and amber cigar holder, circa 1880, with the original leather satin and velvet lined case. The holder is in fine antique condition, it shows aging and toning commensurate with the age and use, but no damage or losses. The carving is a risque portrait after the Manneken Pis, which (Wikipedia) "is a landmark small bronze sculpture in Brussels, depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain's basin. It was designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the Elder and put in place in 1618 or 1619". The tip is tight, case shows wear to the leather and is nicked in places round the edges, but is still solid, it closes, the catch holds, and it displays very well. The holder measures 4 3/4" long, the carving of the Manneken is 2" long, it is a beautiful and unusual old cigar holder.
My thanks to Ruby Lane client William for identifying the statue for me.