Brass monkey pen/brush/toothpick holder, 1920`s ca, English.This antique comical brass monkey has expressive glass eyes which add personality & quality. Curiosity small novelty items of solid brass particularly with great quality detail in the cast such as this monkey are very collectible and make great presents. A great decorative item to stand on any furniture such as a desk, bedside cabinet, table & shelves. Designed in solid brass with great attention to detail in the cast and with glass eyes. It has a holder in the back for storing any small objects such as pens, brushes, toothpicks or matches. This antique object is in very good condition with the original glass eyes securely held in place and the original antique patina adding character. The monkey theme in Novelty Items - History The monkey theme has a particularly humorous history. During the 19th and 20th Centuries, small brass monkeys were often collected as tourist & exotic souvenirs from China and Japan. Most often they are found with their hands covering their eyes, ears or mouth. On some occasions the monkey is covering the genitals as in this rare example. Novelty items are highly collected and very much in fashion today with the trend for Victoriana & eccentricities combined with Industrial in Interiors.