Before smartphones, texting and Instagram, and even before radios or landlines, people communicated by handwritten letters (difficult though it may be to consider). These letter holders confined one’s correspondence to a single place on a writing desk. Still possible to be used for that purpose now, it can also be used to hold Christmas cards, bills or simply as a decorative piece in your home. It is older than most like it, given the flat bottom and ornate feet. The years since it was manufactured have added a bit of rust, but the design is still very distinctive.