Rare larger size and exceptional, this Victorian Brass Novelty Desk Clip was made around 1865 by J & E Ratcliff, Patentees, Birmingham, England, in the form of a lady's hand. The Ratcliff foundry operated in St Paul's Square, Birmingham, from 1839 to 1881. Finely made of stamped brass, this letter clip is one of their more unusual and finer models. It features an elegant lady's hand, wearing a jeweled finger ring, on a cartouche shaped base. The registration lozenge is on the top of her ruffled sleeve.
This is a genuine period example complete with the English design registration diamond. The spring barrel mechanism is in superb working order. These mid 19th century hands are extremely collectable, and getting extremely rare to find in good condition. The color is a dark patina, I have not polished this as I know some of you prefer original patina, but it should shine up beautifully. Display with your collection of 18th and 19th century paper weights, on your French desk, this truly is a work of art.
- Measures 7-1/2" l x 3-1/2" x 2-1/2"h.