ANTIQUE 1900 Lucky Art Nouveau Beautiful Girl Cloverleaf brass-plated cast iron. Mold cast number pressed into the underside: 5479.
These once common objects are called letter clips, paperclips, bill clips, or paperholders. It’s a fine desk accessory that may or may not have been part of a desk set (ink well, blotter, pen stand, etc.). Some bore advertising, and so, traveling salesmen handed those out the way we hand out ink pens advertising our products today. They’re collectible. I have about 200 of them and I’ll offer them on eBay gradually. No hurry.
About 4½”H by 3″W.