I have a huge love of brass figurines and I’ve been collecting them over the last 6-8 years. It started with a little brass pig found at an antique mall that we lovingly named “Mr. Pig”. Now it has spiraled to a large brass menagerie of 30 or more animals ranging from lions, deer, owls and even a griffin (Tim’s favorite). I fell in love the weight of the metal and their vintage and distinct nature. Plus, I think the animals are just plain cute. The collection really started getting into full gear when I was wedding planning. I wanted to bring a piece of something I loved to the table, literally. On each of the reception tables we featured 1 or 2 brass animals to tie in with our woodland themed wedding. I had acquired so many animals leading up to the wedding, I had put a stop on the brass collection, that is, until I came across the cutest brass owl figurine that I’m sharing with you today.
What I Found: Brass Owl Figurine Container
White antiquing with my hubs over the weekend, I came across a little owl (my favorite). This one was a bit different then my normal finds. The head detaches and opens up to become a cute 2-piece brass owl container. The container is large enough to hold a few rings, 10 q-tips or my favorite, a small stash of hidden cash.
What I Usually Look For
When hunting out brass animals, I tend to go for more forest-themed animals, with owls and deer topping the list. I prefer animals with more realistic details over others that are relatively smooth or have decorative patterns. I also prefer free standing animals and avoid anything that is attached to a base. This has helped me limit the collection at least some over the years.
What it Cost
I took the figurine home for $14. Brass animals range in price generally from $7-$18 per animal depending on size and the type of animal. Deer and owls are more common, which is probably why I’ve collected more of them. Some more unique ones I’ve found include snails, a moose, a bear, and now an owl that doubles as a container.
How I Use Brass Figurines
Alone, the figurines make great stand-out decor pieces, lending a vintage flair and a pop of gold to my decor. I usually avoid putting more than one or two in any setting. They look great under cloches or styled on top of a stack of books. I just can’t seem to get enough. Right now, this little guy is keeping watch on a window sill.
Do you collect?
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