Posted 2 years ago
I found this item in a fancy box which I purchased for the fine Hamilton pocket watch within. I looked everywhere and I can not identify it, but then, I am by no means knowledgeable in this area. However, I know that there are many on CW that are, So, I want to pick your brain to help me identify it as to it's use and possibly the material that it is made from, and the era from which it came.
It is photographed next to a standard ball point pen for size comparison. This strange shaped item has a slide lid by which to pour something in. At the end of the tapered portion, it has a series of holes (similar to what you would find on a salt shaker). On the flat backside, it is highly decorated with engravings of sort. It also has, what appears to be a belt loop that is pinned at the end to prevent the belt or chain from slipping out and the locket item from falling.
It is quality made with very precise details and It appears to be made of a silver like material. In sliding back the little window, I can see that the inside is made from the same material as the outside., so it is not brass, then plated. It is surely not soft like pewter, but has a feel of silver texture ( I really don't know what that statement means, but then I told you that I am quite ignorant on this subject). I can find no identifying markings stamped on the item to identify it's material make-up
I mentioned pomander because it is the closest thing that has the same details.
If any body has an idea of its use, material, and era by which it was used, please help me solve this puzzle.