A hall marked Edwardian silver pin cushion in the form of an Indian elephant


This example, which measures approximately 70mm in length and 45mm to the top of the elephant’s head [not including the red velvet pad] is considerably larger than the standard size for these collectable little figures. In one of the photographs it is shown alongside one of normal smaller size. It is clearly hallmarked for Birmingham 1905. The velvet pad is probably a replacement and the elephant has suffered a little damage in its lifetime. There are a few indentations to the top of the head and the right hand rear leg is bent, although it stands well and unaided. These novelty pin cushions came in  a variety of animal forms and were attractive not only to the person using them but to children and the damage is probably the result of its appeal as a toy SOLD 16th January 2019