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Lot 7: 1970s Brass Decorative Figurines and Tray from Elvis Presley's Graceland Billiards Room
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
Brass tools and decorative items have been popular for centuries and as metalworking technology progressed, decorative brass items became more prevalent in home decor, especially in the 1970s, during which period brass was popular for fixtures and a plethora of decorations. Always being up to the minute with the latest trends and technology, Elvis followed that craze in his own personal space. The offered brass two-handled tray was adorned with a brass apple, gold fish, teddy bear and rocking horse and as Sam Thompson recalls in part in his letter that accompanies this grouping, "When Linda decorated the pool room downstairs at Graceland it included displayed brass items, as it currently does. The pictured brass bear, rocking horse, fish, apple and tray were once displayed in the downstairs pool room at Graceland." The tray measures 6 3/4 inches (17.14 cm) in length and 5 inches (12.7 cm) in width. This collection of decorative brass figures is offered with a letter from Sam Thompson and a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: All of the brass figurines and tray are in good, well-loved condition with no makerâs marks and some residue on the base of the bear. The apple is composed of a solid material and is heavier in weight in comparison to the other figurines.