I have hand cut shapes of your favorite animal and soldered it to the brass. You can't rip it off. No paint, no lacquer. Just a hand rubbed mixture of beeswax and turpentine. The natural metal color that you see has a slightly distressed look (my grandma called it tarnish, antique dealers call it patina) and it will look even better with time and wear.
See for yourself why "My toothy grip will never slip! "