Posted 5 years ago
Antique Arts & Crafts/Art Nouveau hand hammered brass Advertising box or humidor by a highly talented anonymous artist. Marked on the top "The Simplex Steel Conduit Co., Ltd." in typical art nouveau lettering, this beautiful hand made piece features wonderfully executed quirky looking cats and mice!
All 4 mice are clearly different, and all (11) cats are similar but slightly different too.
Condition is very fine with its original patina. Size = 8 inches long x 5" inches wide x 2" inches high, and it's quite heavy (brass or maybe even bronze?).
Not sure if this was meant as an "all purpose" box for jewelry, or nick nacks, or even playing cards, but the fact that it has a cedar wood lining makes me think that it might have been designed as a humidor...
If anyone can enlighten me regarding the amazing anonymous artist please share your thoughts?
Thanks for looking!