Novelty barware, shot cups (jiggers) with a stoplight motif running up the front. mid 20 century. Made in the United States and Canada.

Stoplight shot cup. 1930s. American. Sterling silver with red, yellow and green circles, indicating STOP, CAUTION, and GO. Made and signed by ALVIN. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/jewelry/silver-flatware-silverplate/flatware-individual-pieces/stop-caution-go-stoplight-enamel-sterling-shot-cup/id-j_10829822/

Mid-century Chrome jigger decorated with a green, yellow, and red colored traffic light design and a bakelite handle. As the liquid capacity of the spirit measure increases the engraved warnings signal Safe, and Caution, Danger. Mid 20th c. Canadian. Glo-Hill Canada, maker. Image © SIR JACK’S. Fair use license. via https://sirjacks.com/products/vintage-chrome-stoplight-jigger/
Brass stoplight jigger with green, yellow, and red lucite lights corresponding to “safe, caution, danger.” Vintage, probably mid 20th c. Canadian. Glo-Hill, Canada, maker. Maker’s marks: marked “Reg’d Design, Glo-Hill, Canada” on the base. Image © 2021 – WorthPoint Corporation. Fair use license. via https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/stoplight-jigger-shot-glass-bar-cup-1837827424

Jardiniere with putti . .. a bit of fun and frolic for your plants.

Flambe glazed ceramic jardinière with gilt bronze mounts. French. Maker’s marks for Luneville which been in business since 1711. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/98408403_beautiful-19th-century-french-jardiniere
Parian bisque jardinière modeled as a basket with with relief figures of putti, Oval base strewn with rose flowers. Antique. 19th c. Maker not known. Incised #4 mark under the base. Image © 2021 French Garden House. Fair use license. via https://frenchgardenhouse.com/item_6207/Estate-19th-Century-Parian-Bisque-Cherub-Jardiniere-Putti-Basket.htm
Jardinière with an openwork troughed body carried by four putti figures with three-dimensional rose branches. and the handles with lateral laurel wreaths with bows. Porcelain with polychrome painting and a gold rim. ca. 1907-1927. German. C. G. Schierholz and Son, maker. Maker’s marks: manufacturers mark “Thuringia. Plaue. C. G. Schierholz & Son.” Image © Very Important Lot. Fair use license. via https://veryimportantlot.com/en/lot/view/jardiniere-mit-putten-394695
Decorative vintage brass baroque jardiniere with putti – Italy – ca.1970 Brass or bronze jardinière with putti. ca. 1970. Baroque in style.; Italian. Image © 2021 Catawiki. Fair use license. via https://www.catawiki.com/l/8606717-decorative-vintage-brass-or-bronze-baroque-jardiniere-with-putti-italy-ca-1970

More automotive mascots from the turn of the last century. Selections from a recent Bonhams catalog. Lots of fun.

“Circus Poodle” mascot modeled as a nickel plated bronze dog balanced on a ball. Set on a black painted wooden display case. 1920s. French. B. L. Laurent, maker. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/26/?category=list&length=12&page=3
Chrome plated “Icarus” mascot on a chrome radiator cap. 1930s. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/32/?category=list&length=12&page=3

“Prouesse” mascot designed for Rubray cars. 1920s. French. Charles Soudant, designer for Rubray Cars. Signed “h. Soudnat.” A large bronze of this design was displayed in the 1907 Salon held at Madison Square Gardens, New York, where Rothschild had the largest exhibit featuring seven superb automobiles. This impressive piece was created by the Parisian master sculptor Charles Soudant for Leon Rubay, who later used the design as a car mascot to grace his own range of Rubay cars in USA from 1916-1923. Rubay started offering car bodies from 1907 when he teamed with Rothschild & Company. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/33/?category=list&length=12&page=3
“Cigone Parisienne” mascot that was exclusively produced for clients of the Garage Saint Didier, Paris. 1920s. Nickel-plated bronze, further inscribed around the base including H. Briand Foundry details. Black painted wooden display base. E. Fady, maker. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/29/?category=list&length=12&page=3
“Spirit of Triumph” mascot. Nickel plated on a marble display base. 1920s. French. F. Bazin, creator. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/36/?category=list&length=12&page=3

Gothic Revival candelabra to make your home look more baronial. 1850 and later, all in brass.

Pair of Gothic Revival brass nine-light floor candelabra. Twisted cylindrical stems with quatrefoil rims and a central light with two graduated tiers with four lights each, on spiral fluted stem with four fleur-de-lis uprights on four domed legs. 20th c. Continental. Brass. Maker not known. Image © 1999 – 2020 SKINNER, INC. Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2475/lots/617
Pair of brass Gothic Revival candle holders. ca. 1850. Continental. Brass. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/candle-holders/brass-gothic-revival-candelabra/id-f_913303/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAqdP9BRDVARIsAGSZ8AksJR0amZYnCLEHDg_1PDkTWV7XChFVbOtOEcgz2RHb4aVAKri5PMcaAt-cEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Pair of large brass Gothic Revival candelabra, each with seven sconces. Hooped frame on arched supports embellished with clover leaves, on knopped stem and dome base with three feet. Late 19th c. Brass. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-large-pair-of-gothic-revival-brass-5825649-details.aspx

Art Déco and Art Nouveau gates and screens in iron and brass. You’ll end up wanting to acquire more gateways so you can buy another. French, by ironworker Edgar Brandt. Living from 1880 to 1960, he also made armaments for the French army.

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Garden gate with with bronze fleur-de-lis, berry bush and florets. 1910-1919. Art Nouveau. Iron and brass. In the manner of Edgar Brandt. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/building-garden/doors-gates/french-art-nouveau-architectural-iron-bronze-gate-manner-edgar-brandt/id-f_4695723/?gclid=CjwKCAjw97P5BRBQEiwAGflV6YHzPAXD6g6vnIJKolYFgtpyzGuzNn0cBeIA_san12zB9soLYO1TsRoCzYkQAvD_Bw

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“L’Âge d’Or,’ patinated iron with three gilt bronze medallions. 1923. Patinated iron with gilt bronze medallions executed by Max Blondat. Retailed by Ferrobrandt Inc. New York. Maker’s marks: The garland of the single female figure is signed “MAX-BLONDAT.” Image © Phillips Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.phillips.com/detail/edgar-brandt/NY050114/46

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“Oasis” five panel screen. 1920-1929. French. Brass and nickled metal. Image ©2018 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.de/k%C3%BCnstler/edgar-brandt/oasis-five-panel-screen-52j1wlMO6FCYePas7tMY5A2

Gothic Revival and Neo-Gothic inkstands and inkwells. Early and mid 19th century. So needed in case the archbishop wants to share a whiskey in the library.

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Patinated inkstand together with two similar spill vases. Mid 19th c. Gothic Revival. Molded with tracery. Image © 2020 William Doyle Galleries, Inc. Fair use license. via https://doyle.com/auctions/12an01-estate-of-lee-b-anderson/catalogue/1247-gothic-revival-patinated-metal-inkstand

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Inkwell modeled as a medieval helmet with pierced visor with applied cut and chased steel scrolled acanthus ornaments that is raised on a concave shield form base with three ball feet. The hinged top opens to reveal the inkwell. 19th c. Gothic Revival. Probably German. Patinated steel. Image © Jackson’s International Auctioneers and Appraisers. Fair use license. via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/75224256254422550/

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Inkwell in a Neo-Gothic style with a top that lifts to reveal three round openings resting on a marble plinth base and raised on cast bronze feet. The three glass inkwells are missing. 1875. Neo-Gothic. Patinated bronze and marble. Maker not known. Image © 2020 ROBUCK. Fair use license. via http://robuck.co/collection/curiosities/italian-gothic-revival-period-patinated-brass-and-marble-architectural-model-inkwell-r6803.html

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Oval inkwell modeled with cathedral arcades and rosettes that houses two inkwells with lids, a pounce pot and four pen holders. Rectangular Sienna marble base. 1820-1829. Neo-Gothic. French. Gilt bronze and Siena Marble. Maker not known. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/desk-accessories/inkwells/gothic-revival-inkwell-gilt-bronze-sienna-marble-19th-century/id-f_16380242/

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Inkstand modeled with a Gothic tracery design with a pierced rose window gallery enclosing a sander, two ink wells and four pen holders. Rectangular base. Victorian. Gothic Revival. Brass. Image © 2020 Mayfair Gallery Limited. Fair use license. via https://www.mayfairgallery.com/antique-victorian-gilt-brass-inkstand-with-gothic-tracery

Ostrich design lighting. 20th century. All more fun than those boring things they have on Wayfair.

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Ostrich leg motif candlestick or floor lamp. ca. 1920s. French. Gilt bronze. Maker not known. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/candle-holders/gilt-bronze-ostrich-leg-candlestick/id-f_19493332/

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Pair of ostrich and palm tree candlesticks with faux ostrich eggs. 20th c. Hollywood Regency. American. Maker not known. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/candle-holders/candlesticks/pair-of-hollywood-regency-faux-ostrich-egg-ostrich-palm-tree-candlesticks/id-f_18714082/?gclid=CjwKCAjwxLH3BRApE

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Candlesticks modeled with ostrich eggs amid leaves and branches. ca. 1970. Made in Morocco. Ostrich eggs and brass with marble bases. In the manner of Anthony Redmile. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/candle-holders/pair-of-exotic-ostrich-egg-brass-candlesticks-manner-anthony-redmile/id-f_874439/ Exceptional large candlesticks with stylized palm tree design in hand crafted and hand forged brass. The candlesticks feature an exotic ostrich egg amid leaves and branches.

Decorative pieces to make your desk look much nicer. Erhard & Söhne, maker. In 1904 they held the world-patent for the manufacture of brass-inlay. From their factory in Baden-Württemberg, Germany they shipped worldwide. Still in existence but nowadays they build automobiles, not make pretty boxes.

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Schmuckschatulle (jewelry box). No date. Brass and mahogany. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/erhard-s%C3%B6hne-co/schmuckschatulle-FdEl38qYfgnOrpxE4Mtuxw2

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Casket inlaid with a figurative frieze of knights, dragon, blacksmith, horse, sleeping maiden, horse, and a bird in a tree. Cover set with quartz cabochons backed with pink foil. Velvet lined interior and key with a lion motif that is stamped “EH.” ca. 1920. Amboyna and brass. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/an-erhard-sohne-amboyna-and-brass-5778291-details.aspx

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Decorative box. 1925. Art Déco. Brass with a wooden interior. Designed by Eugen Schwemmle and made by Erhard & Söhne. Maker’s marks: Trademark for Erhard & Söhne. Image Catawiki © 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.catawiki.com/l/11193199-erhard-sohne-eugen-schwemmle-design-art-deco-brass-box

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Desktop document holder. ca. 1920. Rosewood and stenciled brass. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/desk-accessories/desk-sets/stunning-art-deco-desktop-document-holder-brass-rosewood-erhard-sohne/id-f_17885551/

Have a cup of tea the Jugendstil way. The Eastern European version of Art Nouveau and dating from around 1900 to 1913.

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Teakettle with heater. Jugendstil. German. Copper and brass. F & R Fischer, maker. Image © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.de/itm/273509832308

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Tea kettle with heater. Jugendstil. Brass and copper. Makers marks: Impressed “D” and “OED” with crossed swords on underside. Image © 2011-2020 Auctionet.com. Fair use license. via https://auctionet.com/en/925582-jugendstil-teekessel-mit-rechaud/images

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Teapot with heater and raffia wrapped handle. Jugendstil. Brass with the teapot having a tinned interior. Part hallmarked. Image © Kunst-Auktionshaus Wendl, Rudolstadt, and Very Important Lot. Fair use license. via https://veryimportantlot.com/en/lot/view/jugendstil-teekanne-aus-messing-mit-rechaud-240833

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Teakettle with heater. Jugendstil. ca. 1910. Brass and copper. Designed by Dutch designer Jan Eisenloeffel for F. & R. Fischer which was in Germany. Image © 2020 Etsy, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.etsy.com/de/listing/727975242/jugendstil-tea-kettle-on-rechaud-brass?ref=listing_published_alert

People (and one lion) hanging out and getting bored sitting on clocks by French master clockmaker Michel-François Piolaine who is recorded as working in Paris from 1787 to 1810.

"Pendule Portique" clock (lion detail)
“Pendule Portique” clock (lion detail), decorated with columns that simulate beams of lictors surmounted by a terrestrial globe and astrolabe, posed on plinths decorated decorated with military attributes. Base decorated with a lion surrounded by galleries. Enameled dial signed “Michel-François PIOLAINE in Paris” surmounted by a statuette of Mars. ca. 1780-1800. Louis XVI. Gilt bronze, black and white marble, and enamel. Image IVOIRE France ©2020. Fair use license. via https://www.ivoire-lyon.com/fr/lot-1552-158830-190_importante_pendule_forme_portique_br

Mantel clock (Goddess Pomona, the Roman goddess of harvest and abundance detail).
Mantel clock (Goddess detail, probably Pomona, the Roman goddess of harvest and abundance). Clock body raised by a plinth-shaped base with a relief scene portraying four putti and the clock drum containing a circular dial with a partially rubbed signature. Early 19th c. Gilt bronze and ormolu. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2020, Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/clocks/mantel-clocks/empire-gilt-bronze-mantel-clock-michel-francois-piolaine/id-f_18084411/

Mantel clock (Reading lady detail). The clock having an ormolu drum case surmounted by a cast ormolu eagle with a relief below showing two putti holding a bird under a sunburst flanked by two patinated bronze figures, a writing boy and a reading lady. Marble and ormolu base with gadroon feet and with putti holding a mask among scrolling garlands,  flanked by two medallions with female masks. Enamel dial, signed "Piolaine à Paris" in red with gilt brass hands.
Mantel clock (Reading lady detail). The clock having an ormolu drum case surmounted by a cast ormolu eagle with a relief below showing two putti holding a bird under a sunburst flanked by two patinated bronze figures, a writing boy and a reading lady. Marble and ormolu base with gadroon feet and with putti holding a mask among scrolling garlands, flanked by two medallions with female masks. Enamel dial, signed “Piolaine à Paris” in red with gilt brass hands. ca. 1790. Marble, brass, patinated brass, gilt brass and enamel. Image 2020 © Gude & Meis Antieke klokken. Fair use license. via

Mantel clock (putti and goddess detail). 1780-1800.
Mantel clock (putti and goddess detail). 1780-1800. Marble, gilded bronze and enamel. Acquired by President Vincent Auriol of France for presentation to the White House in 1952. Image © Collections of the White House, Washington, DC. Fair use license. via https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/mantel-clock/3wFaBh_sW_IjQA

Mantel clock with a profiled plinth with a relief of musician putti
Mantel clock with a profiled plinth with a relief of musician putti and a watch house flanked by putti riding dogs and eagle heads, surmounted by a coronation goddess with cornucopia that symbolize prosperity and abundance.A French Louis XVI mantel clock by M. F. Piolaine. Fire-gilded bronze and white marble. Profiled plinth with relief of musician putti. The watch house flanked by dogs riding putty and eagle heads. Coronation goddess with cornucopia symbolizing prosperity and abundance. The white enameled dial being marked “Piolaine A Paris”. ca. 1780-1790. Louis XVI. White marble, fire-gilded bronze and enamel. Image © 2008-2020 Bukowski Auktioner AB. Fair use license. via https://www.bukowskis.com/en/auctions/556/1074-bordspendyl-av-michel-francois-piolaine-mastare-i-paris-1787-louis-xvi