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by Malcolm and Mary Ann Owen
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Pocket-Size Post Office

Enchanting and absolutely delightful, this sculptural stamp dispenser by Malcolm and Mary Ann Owen brings whimsy and joy to an everyday task. Each time you go to get a stamp, it will be like stumbling upon a magical, miniature world of tiny people and imaginary machines, where mundane tasks have been transformed to fantastic duties that restore your sense of childlike wonder. Handmade in New York of brass, copper and sterling silver.

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Handmade
Item ID
17086
Made from
brass, copper, sterling silver
Measurements
2.8" H
Notes
Stamps not included.
  • the maker
Malcolm and Mary Ann Owen

Malcolm and Mary Ann Owen

Artists Malcolm and Mary Ann Owen own a small metalworking studio located in the northern foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in New York State, not far from the Canadian border. They have owned and operated the studio since 1976.

The Owens work with copper, brass, gold and sterling silver, creating clocks and other small household objects. Most works are a collaborative effort, with Mary Ann creating the theme and layout of the pieces and Malcolm working on the mechanical aspects of production. Both partners also independently create one-of-a-kind works: Mary Ann makes jewelry and small-scale sculptures, and Malcolm makes large sculptural and decorative work.

As a child, Mary Ann was always interested in a variety of crafts. After being introduced to a wide range of metalworking techniques in college, she concentrated on jewelry making. The small figures seen throughout her work create a special intimacy with the viewer and a metaphor about people and time.

Malcolm has always had a strong bond with tools, both to use and to make. As a self-taught blacksmith he made many of the hammers and stakes still used in the studio today. His training in philosophy combined with his love of tools resonates in his work.

Their artwork is unique and insightful in their design and craftsmanship. Each piece is entirely handmade from start to finish by the artists. The variations in patina and figure placement are considered desirable and normal thus marking each piece as truly handcrafted.

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STAMP BOX
 
4.8

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Durable (3)
  • Unique (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Everyday use (4)
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    • Quality oriented (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (4)

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5.0

Unique and very cool

By 

from Phoenix

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Organization

    Comments about STAMP BOX:

    The product is a unique means of organizing office material.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Husband
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Anniversary

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    5.0

    Perfect gift

    By 

    from St. Louis, MO

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Collectible
    • Unique

    Cons

    • Can't get it engraved

    Best Uses

    • Useful desk trinket

    Comments about STAMP BOX:

    I bought this for my husband on our 7th wedding anniversary, as we stick to the "traditional" gifts and "7" is brass/copper. He likes unique gifts, and this was perfect. I wish I could have had it engraved.... It seems to work well and sits quietly on the desk as a useful trinket.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Delivery was prompt and the item arrived in perfect condition.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My husband loved it!

    By 

    from Lewisburg, PA

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Sturdy
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday Use
      • Organization

      Comments about STAMP BOX:

      The stamp box was a gift and my husband loved the uniqueness of something so very different.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      How cool is this?????

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      from Alexandria, VA

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adds charm to the desktop

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday Use
        • No more 1970s plastic

        Comments about STAMP BOX:

        The 1970s plastic stamp dispenser did not fit in with our antique (read: family hand-me-downs) decor. This gem of a stamp dispenser goes nicely with the antique desk and the bakelite rotary phone as well as allowing us to use the roll stamps that we prefer.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Exquisite AND functional

        By 

        from Santa Cruz, CA

        About Me Quality Oriented

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        Pros

        • Improves Organization
        • Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday Use

          Comments about STAMP BOX:

          Instead of never knowing where my stamps are, this takes up very little room on my desk, dispenses stamps very easily, and makes me smile every time I look at it. A beautifully made work of art, and functional too!

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          4.0

          Love, love, love!

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          from Minneapolis, MN

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Improves Organization
          • Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday Use

            Comments about STAMP BOX:

            It's a little difficult to get a whole roll of 50 stamps in it but otherwise I love it. I've been looking for one of these for years and finally found one that is beautiful and unique.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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