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    Posted 3 years ago

    TassieDevil
    (175 items)

    Hello everyone.
    An antique shop find yesterday!!! First one I have ever seen in the flesh and did not know they even existed until Kyra posted her ones some time ago. The seller's tag showed Victorian Pen Wiper.

    This one is really small being approx 2 inches x 2 inches. So cute!
    I have no idea what the metal is, it is not attracted to a magnet and it is a light grey colour.

    There does not appear to be a maker's mark on it, however this could have been on the tail, which sadly is missing......I might have to try and fashion one for it......might as well give it a go!

    Probably a silly thing to say....it looks like a cat to me......hubby first thought dog......what say you?
    The bristles seem to be old and original I think but not really sure.
    I searched around on google but did not find any pen wipes that were this small.

    I will mark this as a mystery as I am not totally convinced as to the age of this or perhaps it was a pin cushion to start and the bristles are not original to it.
    Hope you like it anyway, I think it is adorable. Thanks Judy

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    1. buckethead, 3 years ago
      Cute little fella' - whatever it may be :)
    2. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Ooh, Judy, this is a really adorable cat! ;-))

      Metal is spelter, these figurines are sometimes described as "plomb de Nuremberg". On painted ones, the visible mold seam is the clue, weight too, lighter than plain bronze.

      Bristles are original to it, worn and well used. Lots of cold painted pin cushions began their life as pen wipes, and were certainly transformed wen dip pens were no more in use!

      The missing tail may worth a try to be replaced with modelled polymer clay (bake it apart after modeling on the cat, then fix it in place and patinate it to match the color).

      Lots of fun with this cutie kitty :-))

    3. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Other small ones in France:
      http://m.ebay.fr/itm/bronze-de-vienne-plomb-de-nuremberg-/142451707952?hash=item212ac89030%3Ag%3AaPwAAOSwAtFZcNSR&_trkparms=pageci%253Adbe55278-84dc-11e7-a7e2-74dbd180a443%257Cparentrq%253Afa8aa8a615d0a8841c24987ffff64ff4%257Ciid%253A6

      http://www.coutaubegarie.com/html/fiche.jsp?id=2162909&np=&lng=fr&npp=150&ordre=&aff=&r=
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Judy,
      I love this!! I've seen pen wipes before, but never one like this. Looks like a cat to me and a very cute one at that!!
    5. Lisa-lighting Lisa-lighting, 3 years ago
      Wonderful. Thank you for this interesting post. I hope you enjoy making the tail for your cat.
    6. Wandlessfairy Wandlessfairy, 3 years ago
      Yep pussycat to me too v v cute.
    7. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Aww, thanks so much Buckethead, really appreciate your comment!
    8. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Pascale, where would we be without your knowledge!!
      Thanks so much for such detailed information, you have solved all my queries and worries and have made me one very happy girl:-))
      Now that I have one I will know what to look for in the future too! I never expected to find one in Tas let alone only 45 minutes from where we are here.....so exciting!
      Thanks for the links too......how cute are some of those animals!!!
      Thanks again and I will have a go at the tail .....keep your fingers crossed for me lol!
      I will mark out as mystery SOLVED now :-)))
    9. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Thanks Scott, I am so excited to have found it.....was just such a surprise so close to home!
      Ha! The cats win!! lol :-))
    10. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Hello Lisa, thanks very much for your lovely comment :-)
      Will do my best with the tail and hopefully it WILL look like one when done......can only try!!!
    11. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Thanks Wandless, it is pretty cute isn't it, not a cat person.....but will make an exception for this one :-))
    12. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Many thanks Fortapache, Mike, Buckethead, JImam, Scott, Manikin, Lisa, Wandless, Thomas, Caperkid, BB2, Ken, Vetraio and Aura, for taking the time to look and love, always very much appreciated :-)
    13. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Ha Judy, how lucky to find it near your area! I'm very pleased to have been of some help :-)
      I'm sure you'll give him a purrrfect new tail!
      Please, post the result of your "devilization" ;-)
    14. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Sklo!! thank you for the love.....your profile picture looks just like my cat!!!
    15. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Many thanks Bijou, PhilD and Sean for the love, always appreciated :-)
    16. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Maybe it's a Manx Cat Judy!
      Great find and I'm sure your devilisation will improve it!
    17. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Thanks Karen, it could quite easily turn into a Manx if I can't get the tail to look any good lol....we will see :-) Appreciate the love too thanks!
    18. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      ORoy and Jean, thank you both very much for the love, I really appreciate it:-)
    19. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Thanks so very much Ho2, Ebeetle, Lisa and Rose for taking the time to look and love :-)
    20. ignatz ignatz, 3 years ago
      love your collection,paul,shearwater.
    21. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Hello Paul, thank you! We moved from Hobart to Somerset recently and are really loving it up here. Haven't been out your way yet but I believe it is really nice.
      Welcome to CW, this is such a great friendly site with everyone willing to share knowledge.
      Thanks again for the lovely comment, Judy:-)
    22. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Appreciate the love BlackWatch, thank you:-)
    23. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Manikin, thanks so much for the love, I really appreciate it :-)
    24. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Oroy, appreciate the love thank you:-)
    25. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Very cute Judy, I've never seen, or didn't know what I was seeing, of these before! Just something to keep an eye out for now! Thanks for showing, and thanks to Pascal(kyratango), for all the information too! :^)
    26. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Hey Bill, thank you, I had not seen one in the flesh before! They are just great aren't they.......have you looked at the bronze ones that Kyra has? They are wonderful!!
      Appreciate the love too, thanks and I hope you can come across one as well:-)
    27. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Appreciate the love Sean, thank you:-)
    28. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      WPJ, thanks for the love, it is really appreciated :-)
    29. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Always appreciate the love Jenni, many thanks:-)

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