Hi Paul...thanks for your reply. The metal work is not new and looks original to me. It has tiny little rust spots on it and looks like chrome. I have unscrewed the top part to reveal a metal dabber and a tiny, well worn, felt pad that cushions the two metal parts. I have looked at the base with a jewellers loop and there is wear but the ridges have obviously protected it well over the years. In my opinion, this is not a modern piece. It glows under a UV back light. Hope this helps!