Most of the Valsan pieces I ordered were solid brass and arrived in perfect condition (in sturdy boxes with the Valsan logo). They appear to be quite well made. However, this shelf piece was like it was a Valsan knock-off. It was made completely from brass tubing. It arrived slightly mishappen in an plain brown box. However, since the tubing was so flimsy, I was able to straighten it out with my hands. I am going to keep it since it has the same style as the other four pieces. However, it is clearly not the same quality.