A vintage carved soapstone desk weight or tidy, or brush pot even, in the form of two birds (possibly pigeons) beside an integral bowl, which could also have a number of uses, for example, a tea light holder, a coin or card dish, brush pot etc.
Unlike many soapstone models, which are often crudely carved, this item is more finely fashioned and we have tried to show this in the photographs.
The desk weight has been cleaned but might benefit from further, more expert, cleaning.
The base of the weight measures just over 4.25in by about about 3.125in at its longest and widest, and stands around 1.75in tall to the top of of the tallest bird’s head. The bowl element itself measures approximately 3in in diameter at the outer rim, and is just under 1in deep on the inside. Weighs just over 200g. Exact age unknown but probably dates from the first or middle part of last century.
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