Hematite burnishers are handmade in Italy of Hematite stone.
These are smooth and heavy and are used for polishing gold leaf in gilding. Gilding is done on illuminated pages, manuscripts, fine art, on leatherwork and woodwork. Fine artisans would hand down their burnishers to a family member or favorite apprentice.
This is the “03” size, which has a softer angle and slightly shorter “dog tooth” shape.
Rare. Only 4 available.