Silver centerpieces in some interesting designs. Art Deco and Jugendstil.

Centerpiece. Art Deco in style.
Centerpiece. ca. 1930’s. Art Deco in style. Sterling silver and glass. French. Jean E. Puiforcat, designer and silversmith (1897-1945). Image © 2018 Artsy. Fair use license. via https://www.artsy.net/artwork/jean-e-puiforcat-art-deco-centerpiece
Ship centerpiece with a stylized eagle on the bow.
Ship centerpiece with a stylized eagle on the bow and removable glass insert. ca. 1906. Jugendstil/Art Nouveau. German. Silver and cut glass. WMF, maker. Image © Art Deco Collection.com. Fair use license. via https://artdecocollection.com/accessories/tableware/art-nouveau-silver-eagle-centerpiece-by-wmf-2/
Silver centerpiece with lady. ca. 1900. Jugendstil.
Silver centerpiece with lady. ca. 1900. Jugendstil. German. silver Eugen Marcus, maker. Signature/ Marks: 
E. Marcus
, 800 
Moon and crown, Numbered. © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/german-art-nouveau-silver-centerpiece-lady-e-marcus/id-f_630804/
Coupe centerpiece. French. Art Deco.
Coupe centerpiece. French. ca. 1920’s-30’s. Art Deco. Silver-plated bronze with a glass insert. Has the usual makers mark and French plate marks to the underside. Apollo, maker. Image © Art Deco Collection.com. Fair use license. via https://artdecocollection.com/accessories/sold-items-tableware/superb-french-art-deco-coupe-centerpiece-by-apollo/
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Novelty nib wipes with bristles to wipe the extra ink off of your fountain pen. From Victorian times. So much more interesting were their desk accessories than ours. All we have is computer mice and plastic pens but they had everything.

Lobster pen wipe. ca. 1880.
Lobster pen wipe. ca. 1880. Brass. Head lifts off to reveal the bristles. English. Image © 2019 Etsy, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.etsy.com/listing/678029742/rare-antique-english-pen-nib-wipe-in?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=antique+pen+wipe&ref=sr_gallery-1-5&frs=1
Pig nib wipe. Antique. Pewter.
Pig nib wipe. Victorian. Pewter. Maker not known. Image © Skinner & Hyde, United Kingdom. Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerandhyde.co.uk/product/rare-antique-pig-pen-nib-wipe-brush/
Lizard pen wipe. Antique. Austrian.
Lizard pen wipe. Antique. Bronze. Austrian. Original bristles. Small cabochon onyx replacing the missing eyes and touched up scales. Image © 2007–2019 Auctions Online USA Ltd. Fair use license. via https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/263190-antique-lizard-bronze-pen-wipe-kyratise?in=activity

Sèvres porcelain in blue from not that far back. Paul Milet (Milet), ceramicist, who was born in 1870 and designed many wonderful things.

Miniature with bronze mounting in the design of leaves and flowers.
Miniature with bronze mounting in the design of leaves and flowers. No date. Image © 2019 Catawiki. Fair use license. via https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/18761687-paul-millet-rare-sevres-porcelain-miniature-with-bronze-mounting
Pair of vases or pots.
Pair of vases or pots. Iridescent blue with gilded bronze mounts. Signed “PM Sèvres” inside the lids. Image © Achille Antiquities, Nice. Fair use license. via https://www.achille-antiquites.com/artwork-decorative-objects/paul-millet-porcelain-sevres-vases-pair-circa-1940_4156_uk_D.html
Porcelain bowl with a turquoise glaze and gilt brass stand with mystical beast elements. ca. 1900.
Porcelain bowl with a turquoise glaze and gilt brass stand with mystical beast elements. ca. 1900. Underside of the bowl bears the Paul Milet black over glaze mark. Image courtesy Van Bibber Antiques, New Bedford. Image © 1998-2019 Ruby Lane, Inc. via https://www.rubylane.com/item/1286060-POR-57/French-Paul-Milet-Sevres-Porcelain-Gilt

Ornamentation from back when buildings got decorated up like a Christmas tree. American. Mostly doorknobs. Amazing what they did with them. So much more fun to use when they are shaped like the family pet.

Eagle doorknob for the front door. ca. late 19th c.
Eagle doorknob for the front door. ca. late 19th c. Cast brass. Mallory & Wheeler Manufacturing, New Haven, Connecticut, maker. Image © 2002-2019 LiveAuctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/67644751_rare-mw-eagle-knob-with-triangle-plate
Rosette or medallion, salvage from the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Building. Late 1920's.
Rosette or medallion, salvage from the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Building. Would have been set flush against a wooden door casing. Late 1920’s. Neoclassical in style. Cast bronze. Hall, Lawrence & Ratcliffe, architects. Bronze fabricator not known. Image © 2019 Urban Remains. Fair use license. via https://www.urbanremainschicago.com/one-of-two-historically-important-ornamental-cast-bronze-flush-mount-petaled-floral-rosette-or-medallion-salvaged-from-the-cook-county-criminal-courthouse-building.html
Doorknob in a dog design. 1869.
Doorknob in a dog design. 1869. Brass. Russell & Erwin Manufacturing Company, maker, New Britain, Connecticut. Image © 2019 Etsy, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.etsy.com/listing/98567352/antique-salvage-1869-russell-erwin

Ormolu putti working their lives away but still trying to have fun. Mostly on clocks and mostly French, but not entirely.

Mantle clock. Napoleon III in style, mid 19th c.
Mantle clock. Napoleon III in style, mid 19th c. French. Gilded bronze with inset painted porcelain plaques depicting flowers, a cherub and a musician, possibly Schubert, in the central plaque. Putti playing musical instruments. Maker not known. Image © Three Centuries Shop Fine & Decorative Arts, Toronto. Fair use license. via https://threecenturiesshop.com/product/louis-xv-style-ormolu-porcelain-putti-clock/
Candlesticks in the form of putti standing on gilt bronze plinths and supporting foliate candle sconces. 1820. Regency in style.
Candlesticks in the form of putti standing on gilt bronze plinths and supporting foliate candle sconces. 1820. Regency in style. Bronze and ormolu. Maker not known. Image Christopher Buck Antiques © 2018. Fair use license. via https://www.christopherbuck.co.uk/antique-furniture/d/fine-pair-of-bronze-and-ormolu-putti-candlesticks/400077
Ormolu clock set with putti. 19th c.
Ormolu clock set with putti. 19th c. Putti on left playing the flute and the one on the right conducting. Image © Pol Desmet – Beernemsesteenweg 99, 8750 Wingene BELGIUM. Fair use license. via http://www.poldesmet.com/inventory/new-arrivals/large-ormolu-clockset-with-putti-19th-century-1438044
Pair of Empire glass vases with ormolu gilt bronze putti (putti detail). Mid 19th c. French.
Pair of Empire glass vases with ormolu gilt bronze putti (putti detail). Mid 19th c. French. Glass and gilt bronze. Maker not known but label on the bottom showing that they were first sold by a shop in Marseilles. Image © 1995-2019 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via
Clock with the motif of two putti and a chariot pulled by two rams.
Clock with the motif of two putti and a chariot pulled by two rams with more putti on the base. ca. 1840-50. French. Gilt bronze and porcelain. Gilt-bronze cartwheel dial with cobalt blue cartouches and shading. “Alph. Giroux Paris”, maker. Image © 2019 Dorotheum GmbH & Co KG. Fair use license. via https://www.dorotheum.com/en/l/1379923/

Inkwells with a Jugendstil twist. One you can keep letters in until you get around to sending them.

Inkwell. ca. 1900.
Inkwell. Ca. 1900. Jugendstil. Monogramed “WD.” Silver with glass inserts. Bruckmann & Söhne, Heilbronn, maker. Image © Lempertz Auction House, Germany. Fair use license. via https://www.lempertz.com/en/catalogues/lot/1039-2/554-a-heilbronn-jugendstil-silver-inkwell-with-original-glass-insets-monogrammed-wd-marks-of-br.html
Inkwell. Jugendstil.
Inkwell. Jugendstil. Bronze and ceramic. Abel Landry, designer. Adrien Pierre Dalpayrat, ceramicist. Image © 1995-2019 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.de/itm/DALPAYRAT-Jugendstil-Art-Nouveau-Bronze-Keramik-Schreibzeug-Design-Abel-Landry-/382740314045?nma=true&si=U9ul73rJf46DOFZoAvSv7p1jrsA%253D&orig_cvip
Pyramid-shaped inkpot. ca. 1900-1903. Jugendstil.
Pyramid-shaped inkpot. ca. 1900-1903. Jugendstil. Sang-de-boeuf red stoneware mounted in gilded brass. Abel Landry, designer. Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat, ceramicist. Image © La Gazette Drouot. Fair use license. via http://catalogue.gazette-drouot.com/ref/lot-ventes-aux-encheres.jsp?id=2360682
Letter holder with inkwell. Jugendstil.
Letter holder with inkwell. Jugendstil. German. Brass. Maker not known. Image © instaghub.com. Fair use license. via https://www.instaghub.com/post/BxVME9bHRN5

Art Deco peacocks in bronze. Regal and ready to spruce up anyone’s living room even if their tail feathers won’t fan out.

Panel with a peacock motif. ca. 1920.
Panel with a peacock motif. ca. 1920. Art Déco in style. Probably American. Bronze. Signed J Passani. Image courtesy Wick Antiques, Ltd, London. Image © onlinegalleries.com, a 1st Dibs company. Fair use license. via http://www.onlinegalleries.com/art-and-antiques/detail/art-deco-bronze-panel-of-a-peacock-signed-j-passani/358334
Pair of bronze peacock bookends on marble bases. Art Déco.
Pair of bronze peacock bookends on marble bases. Art Déco. Image © 2019 John Furphy Pty. Ltd. trading as CARTER’S Publications. Fair use license. via https://www.carters.com.au/index.cfm/item/1008955-a-pair-of-art-deco-peacock-bookends-on-marble-bases-15-cm-high/
Sculpture of a maiden and a peacock. Art Déco.
Sculpture of a maiden and a peacock. Art Déco. French. Bronze on a marble plinth. Désiré Grisard, sculptor. Image © Metropress Ltd. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-us/auction-catalogues/gorringes/catalogue-id-srgo10013/lot-689dea4e-9956-4d55-8443-a454002baad8
Peacock bookends. 1925.
Peacock bookends. 1925. Art Déco. Patinated bronze and marble. J. P. Morante, designer. Image ©2019 DECONAMIC. Fair use license. via https://www.deconamic.com/collection/sold/j-p-morante/art-deco-bronze-bookends-peacock-1364123