Offered by: Susan Silver Antiques
755 North Main Street (Rt. 7) Sheffield, MA 01257 , United States Call Seller 413.229.8169


Brass and Gutta Percha Pen Holder, Circa 1870

$ 750
  • Description
    Very unusual brass and gutta percha pen stand with acorn-shaped finials and feet. There are slots for eight pens.

    Gutta percha is a tropical tree of Southeast Asia. The sap or rubbery substance from these trees, introduced in the 1840’s, was used for insulation of electrical cables, waterproofing, golf balls, jewelry and furniture. It was the forerunner of Bakelite and other plastics. It could be easily molded and carved. It is now used in dentistry for root canals.
  • More Information
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: brass, gutta percha
    Condition: Good. Condition consistent with age and use.
    Creation Date: 1870
    Styles / Movements: Traditional, Victorian
    Dealer Reference #: 3495
    Incollect Reference #: 441227
  • Dimensions
    W. 9 in; H. 6.75 in; D. 7 in;
    W. 22.86 cm; H. 17.15 cm; D. 17.78 cm;
Message from Seller:

Susan Silver Antiques: English & Continental 18th & 19th Century Formal Furnishings.

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