Posted 8 years ago
I'm trying to find out what this item would have been used for and it's origins on behalf of my parents. They love it but have no idea what it is - and neither did the seller!
My parents bought it at a 2nd hand shop in the UK, along with a dragon candlestick. Not matching, but I presume they came from the same lot.
The ornament is about 12" in size and very heavy. It is silver in colour but shows signs of wear, revealing what might be brass underneath?
The mane and front are adorned with little men that look to be riding the animal - not sure if it is a dragon, seahorse or cross between the 2.
No date marks that I could see.
We are curious mainly because of the tail that comes away from the main body. There are no catches on it to keep it closed and when together, the tail sits to the side, supporting the head. The inside isn't lined and although someone suggested it could be a large snuff box, it doesn't have a 'lid' so think it's probably not.
Any information would be greatly received. My parents are on holiday so would love to find out what it is for when they return.