Tuesday, April 29, 2008

What the Heck is This?


Over the years I have inherited a few interesting things from deceased relatives. Most of these items are not hard to identify. My grandfathers salt and pepper shakers, my MIL's tea pots (I don't drink tea), a cookie jar from my great grandmother (I do love cookies), some of my grandmothers jewelry etc. These objects were left to me, not actually by the dead relatives, but by the living ones after they had picked through the decedents property, taken the "good" stuff and deemed the remainder unwanted, except of course by me. When my parents die, I will get all the "good" crap too.
One thing left to me purposefully by my grandmother was her collection of miniature things she displayed in an old printers box. Her BIL owned or partnered a printing business, so even the box had special meaning to her. I just always liked miniature things.
The item in the photos, I think came from that same grandmother, although, I am not sure, it might have been from my other grandmother. I wish I had labeled it when I first got it.
Anyways, I don't know what it is. I have tried looking for similar items on the Internet, without luck. My guess would be an antique salt spoon? Do you have any idea what it may be? Thanks.
The top(those are inches)
The side

The bottom

12 comments:

Surcie said...

I have absolutely no idea what that is, but I don't think it's an heirloom.

Gandalf & Grayson said...

It looks like a mini-salad bowl and spoon. Who got the fork?

WillThink4Wine said...

Dog-gone, I hate it when I forget who I am... Gandalf & Grayson are my cats!

Suzy said...

It looks like a salt cellar with a spoon. These are still popular in Europe, my family always had them in France. Since the pepper was always in a grinder, this was the way salt was served at the table.

Stephanie said...

Gee whiz Heidi,
I don't know what it is, but it sure is cool. I think you are on the right track though about the salt server. Good luck!!

Ma said...

I would bet that it is an individual place setting salt cellar. The size of it and the nature of the spoon indicate this - I inherited from husband's side of the family similarly miniature china bowls with tiny spoons for that purpose. It's my best guess, anyway....

Family Adventure said...

It's gorgeous.

I say a salt container and spoon, too. I have one in a similar size, though mine is made of porcelain.

Heidi

MereCat said...

Well, I would have to say salt cellar, but aren't those holes in the spoon? What about olives or something like that?

alissasanderson said...

Is it made of pewter? And are those holes or just dimples in the spoon?

I'm going to guess a salt cellar, like several other people did.

Karen MEG said...

What a neat little bit of history! I thought it looked like a little set for a small child but then it is quite tiny! Probably what the others have deduced!

Gina said...

I LOVE those!

Lainey-Paney said...

salt cellar.