Hydra and I went to a moving sale at a really beautiful property off of Crown Valley road. There was only one thing there that, as LDub says, “just couldn’t be left behind.” I thought they might ask two dollars and I might offer them a dollar. The woman only asked 50 cents, so I took it, thinking I might put it in one of my plant pots.
The seller said it was old, as it had been her dad’s for a long time.
Hydra recognized it as a kissing couple, though the mechanism on the back was broken off. Back home, he found a video of a working stopper.
I did a little research and found that it’s probably a real hand-carved ANRI bottle stopper, probably made in Italy between 1912 and 1976. I found an informative article by Philly Rains on a site dedicated to collecting Anri carvings.
Since the mechanism is broken, it probably doesn’t have much value as a collectible, which was not my point in buying it anyway.
I think the faces on this one are particularly sweet. A lot of them are rather grotesque. Maybe I’ll find a place in the kitchen for it rather than put it in a pot.