An excellent example of an Edwardian pounce pot. This novelty pounce pot/sand shaker has been casted into an owl shape. The eyes of the Owl are made from glass set into the Pewter casting.
The example shows incredible detail with every surface having some detail. Individual fathers can be seen including detail on the talons showing each claw. The most well known characteristics of an owl is that its eyes never move but turns its head to look around. This is captured with the glass eyes that look straight ahead and the head unscrews to all pounce to be refilled.
Pounce pots are containers that store a powder, called pounce, that were originally made from crushed cuttlefish bones or pumice. Later sandstone or talc was used. The pounce was used to prepare the paper which could have greasy finish and to aid the drying of ink and avoiding bleeding when/after applied by a quill. Once blotting paper was commonly used the pounce pot became less of a tool but more of decoration for the writing desk.
It is in excellent condition and a must have for any pounce pot collector or make a great gift for owl lovers. It’s dimensions: Width 4cm x Length 4cm x Height 8cm weight 75g.