Featured Silver or silverplate and enamel MYSTERY PIECE

Discussion in 'Silver' started by Lucille.b, Jan 20, 2021.

  1. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    Huge apologies because I know I listed this item as a question before --just couldn't remember if it was here or back on the Ebay boards, but no one knew back then what this was. Thinking there might be some new members with ideas so giving it another try.

    I've been going through some silver items, testing for silver or not. (Jury still out whether this is sterling -- you see the base where I tested it, last photo. The base surface is sort of odd, not smooth exactly, but this tested for silver. I suppose could be silver plate?)

    Main question, what is this? It has remained a mystery piece. Maybe missing something? All we came up with last time I asked was that was part of an old magician's set possibly. Bottom is round, like a roly poly.

    Any ideas?

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  2. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I have no idea, but I like it.:) Looks like it is supposed to sit in something.
     
  3. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    Dont ask me why but I thought incense burner ?
     
  4. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

  5. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    SputnikLighter.jpg

    Not to be denied!
     
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  6. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    no idea but a fascinating thing!
     
  7. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the thoughts so far, everyone. Thanks for posting the photo, Sabre. :) The enamel make me think earlier than the Sputnik era, but will look into it.

    Definitely keep the ideas coming!
     
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  8. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

    6AC3F647-E50A-4710-A9D6-AF1F9533AB2E.jpeg I was thinking for a desk ink.
     
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  9. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Me too.
    For an astronomer.:happy:
     
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  10. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    A very classy version of this?
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  11. Mill Cove Treasures

    Mill Cove Treasures Well-Known Member

    Caviar server missing the base?
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  12. pearlsnblume

    pearlsnblume Well-Known Member

    at first I thought it was one of those old spinning top things where you would push down on the top part and it would spin. That's all i got. LOL
     
  13. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    Good idea on the caviar, but the bottom of this doesn't look like anything was ever fixed to it. Could imagine it being cradled by a 2nd piece though.

    Thought I might have just had a lead on something but pretty sure it fizzled out. Was thinking, okay so what fits in here? Something completely round about 2-2 1/4" in diameter. Like the size of a racquetball.

    So I started looking online at pocket sized antique globes because those often came with custom sized boxes. But those little globes seem to have an axis points and a little indentation in the box where the axis points go. This doesn't have that. So still not sure what this is.
     
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  14. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    It's not sending a signal back to the mother ship, is it?
     
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  15. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    :hilarious:
     
  16. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    I always eat my caviar from shell vessels with shell spoons - just kidding, never tasted it (although I have fished for sturgeon)
     
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  17. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    @Lucille.b when it’s resting on it’s rounded bottom (fortunately we don’t have a bottom emoji) is it weighted to stay upright like a Weeble or does it fall over?
     
  18. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    :vomit:
    Obviously I am a heathen.
     
  19. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I love caviar, but I am a heathen when it comes to oysters. They taste like boring little bags filled with salt water to me.
    I will now hide for the rest of the day.:bag:
     
  20. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Funny, I’ve not seen them described like that in a restaurant!
    :vomit:
     
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