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#1 sandy101

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Posted 30 June 2020 - 19:54

I found this Japanese (?) pen tray on e-bay. It's made of copper and looks rather nice. 

 

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Posted 30 June 2020 - 20:19

I found this Japanese (?) pen tray on e-bay. It's made of copper and looks rather nice. 

 

My Izmo is posing for the picture. 

Nice!


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Posted 30 June 2020 - 22:50

What makes you think it is a pen tray by design or are you just saying you bought it to use as a pen tray? Just curious.

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Posted 30 June 2020 - 23:24

The description said - Japanese pen tray -so the previous owner clearly used it as such.

 

Apart from the Japanese/Chinese decoration - it doesn't look all that different in shape from many other Victorian pen trays I've seen - such as this one 

 

https://www.ebay.co....P4AAOSwdTRetln0

 

The copper is rather soft - and will scratch easily so I don't think it was made to hold any heavy metal items such as keys or coins, and there's a couple of ink/paint stains (from a brush?) on it. 

 

There's no maker's mark on it (at least none that I can see) and some of the copper is starting to oxidise. 



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Posted 30 June 2020 - 23:57

Thank you for sharing the information. I hope it brings you many years of usefulness.

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