Selection of scientific oddities at Bonham’s
As Bonham’s annual Gentleman’s Library sale shows, the ingenuity of silversmiths to keep their clients amused knows no bounds. Hence a novelty vesta modelled as a burnt-down cigar (€460-€570), a 1929 nine-carat gold radiator scent bottle (€460-€570), and a pair of silver Dutch Doll sugar tongs, circa 1910. The doll has a painted enamel face, and the legs close by squeezing the arms (€570-€680).
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