A vintage cast brass figural deskweight desk tidy in the form of a whale. It is believed that the original use might possibly be either as a spoon warmer (but the base is rather shallow) or an ashtray (but the grooves in the whale’s mouth are at the wrong angle). Whatever it’s original use, the whale would make a good desk tidy for small items and a deskweight.
The whale has been lightly cleaned in order to retain what patina there is on the outside of the whale, but might benefit from further cleaning. We have not cleaned the inside of the whale’s mouth at all save to remove any dust, so that the patina could remain intact. There are some markings (more noticeable on the base) which we have been unable to remove.
The whale measures just under 4.25in across from mouth to tail and stands just under 2.5in high. Exact age unknown but probably dates the middle of last century or earlier. Weighs just under 200g.
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