A superb wrought iron and brass sponge holder from a bistro - dating from the 1860's. This contraption was attached to a wall (usually outside) and sponges were stored inside for wiping down tables on the terrace between clients.
Condition and wear consistent with age and use. Approx. overall 19¾" x 18" x 10¼" Approx. overall 50cm x 46cm x 26cm