[NUMBER 117] 117 PERCELLETTE OR LETTER PRESS OF STEEL SOUTH GERMAN, 17TH CENTURY On a high platform of rocaille design with scroll supports and in-curved sides. The screw rod is crested by a figurine of a satyr with composite ostrich and dolphin body. A most original and fantastic design. The ostrich feathers are gilded. Molded handle. Letter presses were employed to close and seal letters. The seal was placed at the bottom of the rod and the impression in wax was made in closing the letter. At the side an opening for the thin cord. Height, 16 inches From the Spitzer legacies. Inventory No. 3958. [SEE ILLUSTRATION] 42