Vintage toothpick holders that mostly look like something else. All amusing.

Toothpick holder in the form of a bird cage
Toothpick holder in the form of a bird cage with a pierced classical domed lid to stick the toothpicks in. Looks like a Neoclassical temple, too. 1843-1853. Portuguese. Silver. Makers marks: Assay scrape and Portuguese silver marks for Porto underneath along with the initials “AM.” Image © waxantiques – 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.waxantiques.com/antique-portuguese-silver-toothpick-holder-1893.html
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Toothpick holder in the form of a bird surmounted on bud flower foliage branches which in turn surmounts a circular pierced base on three knuckle feet supports. ca. 1850. Made in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Silver. Maker not known. Marks in base for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/sculptures/figurative-sculptures/antique-silver-toothpick-holder-rio-de-janeiro-brazil-circa-1850/id-f_14127731/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwx7zzBRCcARIsABPRscPlFn-2rcVb2gS6FcB4nSoYNaAlwfXsztSYPmxGvY4-KraL-VwCVFwaAjJ1EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Llama toothpick holder.
Llama toothpick holder. Vintage. Peruvian. Sterling silver. Marks on bottom. Maker not known. Image © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/DELIGHTFUL-VINTAGE-PERU-STERLING-SILVER-LLAMA-TOOTHPICK-HOLDER-/361939853892
Toothpick holder
Toothpick holder in the design of a vase with handles containing 10 animal headed toothpicks. ca. 1940. Spanish. Marked “916” for sterling silver and a five points star hallmark. Maker not shown. Image © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Spanish-Solid-Silver-916-Toothpick-Holder-Set-of-10-Animals-motif-C-1940-/143367947645
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Toothpick holder in the form of a male figure holding up a peacock sitting on a branch with holes on the body and wings of the peacock to stick the toothpicks in. ca. 1840. Portuguese or possibly South American. Unmarked silver. Image © waxantiques – 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.waxantiques.com/antique-portuguese-silver-toothpick-holder.html
st1517orkStork delivering twins match and toothpick holder
Stork delivering twins match and toothpick holder with pockets behind the babies inscribed “Take Your Match, Take Your Pick.” 1900s. Cast spelter. Unsigned. Image ©1998-2020 Harp Gallery Antique Furniture. Fair use license. via https://www.harpgallery.com/shop/item25252.html

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