McClelland Barclay began his career as a painter, publishing in prestigious magazines like Ladies' Home Journal and The Saturday Evening Post. This would eventually lead to the founding of The McClelland Barclay Art Company, a brand that would produce decorative arts, jewelry and other luxury items.
At the start of World War II, Barclay was commissioned by the U.S. Naval Reserve to design unique camouflage. He would continue his work in posters, camouflage and battlefield correspondence until being killed in action in 1943.
We know that all McClellan Barclay works predate World War II, and we are thrilled to say that this exquisite paper weight remains in excellent antique condition.
The piece depicts an elephant with his trunk raised. In many Asian countries, an elephant lifting his trunk is a great symbol of luck.
As with many McClelland Barclay pieces, this paper weight was cast in a heavy gray metal and then coated with a thick layer of dazzling bronze. As you can see, this gives the exterior a beautiful cosmetic and textural finish.
There is a lovely patina covering the elephant and base, as well as some minor verdigris. There is a molded mark on the front of the base that reads "McClelland Barclay©".
With only some minor wear and an expected, time enhanced patina, this paper weight remains in stellar antique condition.
The quality of his work, and the fact that it was only manufactured for a limited time period, adds to the collectability of McClelland Barclay pieces.
Measurements: Paper weight is 5 ¼" tall, (elephant is 3 ¾" tall), base measures 3 ½" long and 3" wide Weight: 2 lbs., 2 oz.