Posted 5 years ago
A couple of weeks ago I went hunting in a new area north of the city and came across this little grotesque boy at a garage sale. It was an amusing design .... the woman who owned it was not sure of its purpose and for that matter nor was I !!!!
The open mouth reminded me of some grotesque ash trays that I've always lusted over but never had come across them in the wild. But the shape of this one suggested something other than an ash-tray ... how would you clean it?
The condition is very good. Not a chip anywhere. The enamel crisp and clean.
Tooth pick holder?
Match holder? (No striker on this one.)
Or is it for hat pins?
A pastille burner?
Still not sure.
On the back are impressed digits 7207.
I suspect it is an unmarked example by Schäfer & Vater. Thuringia, Germany .... Volkstedt. The firm was created by Gustav Schaefer and Guenther Vater in 1890. High quality porcelain .... rich with kaolin that produced a product with a velvety texture and very fine grain. The firm finally closed in 1962.
I wonder what it would look like with matches?