Brass Critter: Fox Letter Rack - Estate Sale Find


A few weekends back I stopped at a few Estate Sales both in Elmhurst and in Downers Grove including one at this really neat house that was built in the early 1910's for some wealthy family as their 'country house' - at least that's what the folks running the sale said.  Here's the property listing of the house that, unfortunately, I'm thinking someone will buy for the land and tear the place down.  Like a lot of older houses, the layout isn't what works for families today, but the land?  My gawd.  Not just a lot of it.  But lots of mature trees, different elevations.  Really, really great.

Inside the house, there were lots of treasures, but just one came home with me:  this brass fox 'letter rack'.  Hard to tell from this angle/photo, but between the fox and the fence is a gap that allows you to stand up/hold mail/cards.  Check out this Etsy listing that has some photos of a similar piece that show how envelopes stand up in there.  Kinda cool.  This Etsy listing shows the exact same item and claims it is from the 1930's.  They're asking between $75 and $25 for each one and I paid A LOT less than that, so I'm thinking it was a deal.

Where will it end up?  Not sure.  Maybe Nat will warm to it?  Or maybe it will end up being a gift.  After all, we do know someone who has a little brass menagerie of critters....

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