Avis Yuni Antiques & Collectibles

Publisher: Metal Paperweights
Nifty vintage find out of a home. This is an older desk type paperweight meant to be a novelty item to help with decision making or fortune telling. Often referred to as an Executive Decision Maker, this has a top side spinner or a central piece with an arrow attached, which you twist or spin to see to which word the arrow ultimately points. The word choices are: Yes, Fire Someone, Pass the Buck, Maybe, Reorganize, No, See Your Analyst, and Sit on It.

Brass colored with black for the words and red paint on the arrow piece. This is made of metal, but it is not made of brass since a magnet sticks to this piece (magnets won't stick to brass). Round, measuring about 4 inches in diameter and sitting about 1 1/8 inches in height (to the top of the spinner piece). This weighs slightly over 7 ounces unpacked. The bottom side is covered in a deep blue fabric or felt so it won't scratch the surface on which it sits. There is no manufacturer tag, so we don't know for sure who made this. However, we believe these were made in Taiwan in the 1960s-70s time frame, but can't promise that. This is definitely not new and came out of an estate.

We've provided 8 images to show from varied angles and close-ups. This vintage piece is a bright, shiny brass or golden color, but images shot with the camera light make this seem very dark looking due to the reflection off the metal surface. So many of the images were shot without the light in room lighting, which doesn't portray the nice metal sheen to this piece well (sorry, we did the best we could). When used, the camera light also created bright "hot spot" reflections. Please use the zoom feature to examine closely.

Great overall condition, spinning well and smoothly and looking good. There are no chips or cracks, but there are signs of age/wear, although not bad or unexpected. As you can see in one image, there are light surface scratches from age, use, sitting for many years, but nothing that jumps out on normal display/use. The metal arrow does have a slight bend or wave to it as we tried to show, not bad but there, but does not effect use. Perhaps something accidentally was put on top of this on the boss's desk one day, we don't know. There are other signs of age/slight wear with some dark dots on the top of the spinner, some dots/tiny scuffs/rubbed spots on the brass choices top, slight metal discoloration/spotting, etc. The black words are stamped into the brass, sometimes showing some black shadowing around the letters as made (most noticeable on the "See Your Analyst" words, also near the "N" in "Fire Someone"). The felt on the underside attracts lint like all felt does. We ran a lint roller over this to remove some it the lint, but there is still a lot of lint there.

A fun gift for anyone who makes lots of decisions or for a boss or co-worker, and just a great conversation starter on display.

Executive Decision Maker Spinner Desk Metal Paperweight Boss Novelty

  • Your price: $24.50
  • Item Number: 2077
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