Antique Gutta Purcha & Brass Pen Holder, Circa 1870
Very unusual brass and gutta purcha pen stand with acorn-shaped finials and feet. There are slots for eight pens.
Gutta purcha 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.
- England Circa 1870
- Height: 6.75" | Width: 9" | Depth: 7"
- Item #3495
- Price: $875