Unique and rather humorous antique bronze alloy curved 'BOTTOM' print block, most likely used for marking the underside of wooden crates for shipping to make sure they are not transported upside down. The raised text is shown in reverse so as to produce the correct reading of the word when printed. Dating from circa 1930, this piece would have been heavily used in the warehouse that it came from, yet it shows no signs of wear! The plate would most likely be applied to a wooden block with a handle for the operator to dip it in ink prior to applying the text to the crate. This was made to last - in excellent original condition, with a great patina.
Measures: 21.5cm wide x 8.5cm tall x 3.5cm deep (including curve)