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Antique Metal Angel Newel Post Top
Size: Angel: 6 H x 4 W x 2½ D Base: 5 W x 5 D x 1¾ H
Total Height: 7¾ H
Weight: approx. 4 lbs.
Markings: on front (by the right foot there is the number 145 otherwise there are no markings.
Condition: Good worn condition
The piece has a silver-plate type coating, which is worn. What looks to me as either brass or bronze shows through in areas. The base and wings appear to have been weathered. The wings are attached by a screw in the back.
The angel is holding what could be a tiny candle holder. The diameter of the inside of the holder is 3/8 of an inch. Also there is no bottom to the holder. There are two holes on the bottom of the base for attaching the piece on to a newel post or anywhere else one might want to attach this.
History of this piece: I acquired this from a collector who found it in Tianjin, China. Tianjin has an interesting history of colonization by the British and French at the turn of the 20th century. As people from these countries colonized that part of China, they brought with them pieces from Europe. This could possibly be French in origin and dating from the late 1880s to early 1900s.