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. 

-Sherbert McGee

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