Henry Howell Dunhill YZ Tagua Nut Bird Bottle Stopper

A collectable, 1930s, handmade bottle stopper from the well-regarded British maker. Second-hand.
Availability: Out of stock.
Stock ID: 1649

What's for sale?

This is a handmade, 1930s bottle stopper in the form of a little bird. It uses a tagua nut for the body, some other kind of nut for the head, a plastic beak and glass eyes. The plastic parts are made from an early type of phenolic resin, similar to Bakelite.

It's well made and although unsigned, is almost certainly by Henry Howell Ltd, the well-regarded, British manufacturer of walking sticks and umbrella handles. The designs were by Bernard Charles Howell and the range was marketed under the YZ brand name, some of which was retailed by Alfred Dunhill Ltd. A similar, confirmed example can be seen at The YZ Archive.

Tagua nuts come from the South American rain forest and are also known as ivory palms, ivory nut palms, vegetable ivory and eco ivory.

Tagua nuts come from the South American rain forest and are also known as ivory palms, ivory nut palms, vegetable ivory and eco ivory.

What condition is it in?

  • Second-hand
  • In very good condition

What are the measurements?

  • 9cm high (3.5 inches)
  • 4.5cm wide (1.75¬†inches)
  • 33¬†grams

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Item Attributes
Attribute nameAttribute value
MakerHenry Howell Ltd
MaterialBakelite
Materialwood
Materialcork
Materialglass
Period1930s
OriginBritain
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