Over the last 140 years the gavel has become a widespread symbol of authority and prestige.
Read more about antique and vintage gavels in Gavel-to-Gavel Coverage: A Brief History of the Gavel in the Decorative Arts.
For desk or shelf display, the gavel is held at an angle above a round disk simulating a pounding block, giving it the dynamic appearance of being in mid-motion. The gavel rests on two wire rods, and can easily be removed for use. The stands shown here also have hand-stamped metal label plates.