Sunday, August 8, 2010

String holder

Before tape became so popular, merchants used string or twine to wrap packages. Often, the string was contained in a holder as simple as a metal ball or as fanciful as this plaster head. Remnants of coarse twine hang from the mouth. I like this holder in particular because it is, as my wife would say, disturbing. The clown looks slightly menacing. Also, the carnival aspect of it appeals to me.


  1. Very nice. Any indications whether this would have been homemade or mass produced?

  2. Looks like it was made using a mold and hand painted.