A rare and pleasing late Georgian bur, or burl, wood paperweight. A burl, or bur, is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. The burs are usually found on a tree trunk or branch and are in the form of a rounded outgrowth filled with small knots from dormant buds. This one has been cleverly and attractively designed as a paperweight with a small area of the center hollowed out and filled with lead to give it more weight. It has that wonderful warm, mellow patina acquired over two hundred years of use. I have had a couple of burl snuff boxes over the years and all were of Scottish origin from the late18th/early 19th century. We found this piece in northern England so it quite possibly has Scottish origins as well.
This delightful weight measures 4 1/2" long by 3" wide by approximately 2" high and is in very, very good undamaged condition. There are no chips, cracks or repairs. A fine addition to any treen, or wooden ware collection.
Rare Circa 1810 Bur or Burl Wood Desk Top Paperweight