At first, this piece seems better-suited for product advertising rather than being a desktop pencil stand. I can picture this in stores—on top of counters, filled with samples or product for sale. The patent for it dates back to 1923, and Lothar W. Faber is credited as the inventor.
This is the sort of thing you don’t see anymore. Sure, there are acrylic stands and expensive modern aluminum extrusions, but I wonder if 80 years from now whether they will have acquired the same sense of timelessness. As this stand approaches official “antique” status (purportedly 100 years, but there is no shortage of mitigating factors), it’s no less functional. Dated, perhaps, but in the best sense.