This heavy silver plate repoussse swan was made for one and one purpose only.
Back in the 1940s and thru the 1960s, when a host had friends over for a luncheon or dinner, she would take out her Godinger Silver repousse. There were all kind of things like gravy boats, fruit bowls, silverware, candlesticks and fancy place card holders and napkin holders. No one had set of 6 or 12 napkin holders. Most women only had 2, or maybe 4. This swan is a napkin holder and they were typically reserved for the heads of the table - not everyone at the whole table.
Today, they dont really serve a purpose but a beautiful silver object of art to display and look at. Yes, you can use it for mail or something creative, but it is best admired alone on a book shelf or in a glass hutch.
This swan measures 6 1/4" tall x 6 1/2" long. It is in excellent condition with no loss of silverplate as it has been kept in a glass hutch for the better part of 60 years. There are no scratches, discoloration (except on the bottom from resting), no dings, dents, or repairs. It is signed inside Godinger, Italy, 1984, which is the pattern number.