What's for sale?
This is a handmade, 1930s bottle stopper. It takes the form of a Woodpecker, using a tagua nut body, hardwood head, plastic beak and glass eyes. The plastic parts are made from an early type of phenolic resin, like Bakelite.
It is well made and although not signed, it is almost certainly by Henry Howell Ltd, a well-regarded, British manufacturer of walking sticks and umbrella handles. The designs were produced by Bernard Charles Howell and marketed under the YZ brand name, some being retailed by Alfred Dunhill Ltd. A very 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.
What condition is it in?
- In very good condition
What are the measurements?
- 8.5cm high (almost 3.5 inches)
- 5cm wide (2 inches)
- 32 grams
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