I had to get a magnifying glass out, but yes Paul, there is considerable age-related wear on the very, very, very slim section of the base it actually stands on. There are some scratches on the surface concordant with age/use.
It is absolutely NOT a "compor
t" (sphthththitttt) - I detest that word, and refuse to have it in the house. I even hate typing it.
It is a tazza
as it is mine.
I bought it to keep it in the first place. I think it's lovely and a nice example of whatever-it-is to have.
They are not old
ladies, it's a small shop, and they have everything from ancient chinese porcelain, Majolica, old glasses, marbles, wasptraps, friggers, Staffordshirey stuff, cutlery, comic books......
I had never even considered Powell, Keith. Will go trawl the book.........