Saturday, July 2, 2016
The Mystery Critter
Complexly carved and polished to an impossibly red gleam, this Bakelite hotshot has everyone seeing something different. Does it depict a baby dragon or a little dog with a reptilian snout? I've shown this button to a few experts and the answer is never the same. "It's a lizard," they tell me. Otherwise it's an Aztec's monkey or a Chinese weasel. What other pointy-eared creature could it be, with its scaly tail, rotund eyeball and funny jaws that appear to be letting out an epic burp? Personally, I think it's a lunatic chihuahua. Made in the 1930's.