We think this gorgeous antique stag letter holder featuring a deer pursued by dogs was made by Bradley & Hubbard in the late 1880s. Both canted sides of the letter holder platform depict the majestic stag leaping over a fence being pursued by two hounds. One of the fence posts is missing, though the broken area is not sharp and is somewhat disguised by the design. The center upright panel is topped by a decorative flat and pierced finial with a large finger hole for carrying. The rectangular letter holder platform is supported by four scroll feet. The edges of the platform have an egg and dart motif and two cartouches (front and back). Surfaces of the base seem to be brass plated metal with considerable patina and wear. Two raised numbers on the underside read 3549 and 7030. We have seen other letter holders in this same configuration that also have a B & H stamped on the bottom, which stands for Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company. We have read that due to its collectible value, this particular letter holder has been reproduced, and we can’t guarantee that this is not a reproduction, though it looks very authentic. The letter holder measures 9 inches across by 6.5 inches tall and 5 inches deep. It is a gorgeous rustic desk accessory regardless of its age. We have adjusted the price due to our inability authenticate its antiquity and the broken fence post.
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