Silver sugar tongs or nips. Edwardian, a time when novelty table and desk décor was all the rage. Fun.

Wishbone motif sugar tongs with a spring loaded hinge. Monogrammed “HBW.” Vintage. American. Sterling silver. Gorham Silversmiths, maker. Image © 1998-2020 Ruby Lane, Inc. Fair use license. via
“Dutch doll” sugar tongs. Marked for London 1933. Silver. Maker not known. Image © Jeremy Astfalck/The Old Corkscrew. Fair use license. via
Skeleton sugar tongs. Late Victorian. Silver with ruby and emerald eyes inset on both sides. Maker not known. Image © Toovey’s Auctions and Fair use license. via

Have a cup of tea the Jugendstil way. The Eastern European version of Art Nouveau and dating from around 1900 to 1913.

Teakettle with heater. Jugendstil. German. Copper and brass. F & R Fischer, maker. Image © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via
Tea kettle with heater. Jugendstil. Brass and copper. Makers marks: Impressed “D” and “OED” with crossed swords on underside. Image © 2011-2020 Fair use license. via
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Teapot with heater and raffia wrapped handle. Jugendstil. Brass with the teapot having a tinned interior. Part hallmarked. Image © Kunst-Auktionshaus Wendl, Rudolstadt, and Very Important Lot. Fair use license. via
Teakettle with heater. Jugendstil. ca. 1910. Brass and copper. Designed by Dutch designer Jan Eisenloeffel for F. & R. Fischer which was in Germany. Image © 2020 Etsy, Inc. Fair use license. via

Oh to get to live on the top of a candlestick and make everything brighter! Ormolu on Gustavian candlesticks from the end of the 18th century. Swedish.

Candlesticks. 1800. Late Gustavian. Swedish. porphyry and ormolu. Maker not known. Image © 2020 Lundgrens Antikhandel AB. Fair use license. via
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Pair of candlesticks, each in the form of a maiden with an urn shaped candle holder, standing on a marble column on a square base. ca. 1790. Gustavaian. Made in Stockholm, Sweden. Ormolu and white marble. Image © 2020 Fair use license. via
Pair of candlesticks, each modeled with a sitting mermaid on a round marble pedestal holding a urn shaped candleholder aloft. Late 18th c. Gustavian. Swedish. Ormolu and marble. Maker not known. Image © Hoffmans, Stockholm. Fair use license. via

Textile designs from the middle of the 20th century. Elza Sunderland, designer. Living from 1903 to 1991, she was born in Hungary but later came to the United States. Worked in Los Angeles, California. Collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Untitled textile design with flowers in two colorways. 1940s. Tempera on paper. © Estate of the artist. Image © MUSEUM ASSOCIATES 2020. Fair use license. via
“Weekend.” Textile 1940. Gouache on paper. © Estate of the artist. Image © MUSEUM ASSOCIATES 2020. Fair use license. via
“Hollywood” (Pattern #1102). Textile design. 1940. Gouache on paper. © Estate of the artist. Image © MUSEUM ASSOCIATES 2020. Fair use license. via
“Jonquil,” pattern #986 from the “Flower Bouquet” series. Textile design. 1944. Watercolor on cardboard. © Estate of the artist. Image © MUSEUM ASSOCIATES 2020. Fair use license. via

Creatures of the sea that sit out in the drawing room looking bored. Looks to have had a major moment during the reign of French emperor Napoléon III judging from the variety found and because they are referred to as Napoleon III era domes. One later but it fits right in.

Starfish under glass with wooden base. In the style of a Napoleon III glass dome. Image © 2020 Fair use license. via
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Various species of crabs under glass with bases in blackened wood.Mid 19th c. Napoleon III glass dome. Crabs, glass and blackened wood. Maker not known. Photo credit: Pierre Bergé & Associés. Image © Pierre Bergé & Associés. Bruxelles. Fair use license. via
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Seven small crabs under glass. Mid 19th c. Mid 19th c. Napoleon III glass dome.Crabs, glass and wood. Maker not known. Image © Millon – Maison de ventes aux enchères and Fair use license. via
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Red coral on a wooden base which may have had a glass bell that got lost. From the time of the reign of Napoleon III (1852-1870). Image © Frédéric Dulyere Antiquités et objets d’art, Roisin and proantic. Fair use license. via

A few accoutrements for your dining table in case the Prince Regent stops by for a whiskey or two. From Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, goldsmiths to the king.

Ice pail from the Grand Service made by royal silversmiths Rundell, Bridge, and Rundell for King George IV of England. 1827. Silver. Makers marks: Hallmarked by Phillip Rundell, London. Image source Rau Antiques. Cc0 License 4.0. via,_Bridge,_and_Rundell.jpg
Six light centerpiece. combining winged sphinxes and lion motifs with a cornucopia and the three graces of the Classical style. 1815. British. Gilt bronze and cut glass. Makers marks: Stamped “Rundell, Bridge & Rundell.” © 2020 RICHARD REDDING ANTIQUES LTD. Fair use license. via
Pair of claret jugs, each of the bodies matted and flat-chased with anthemions and tendrils below a frieze of stylised grape-laden vine leaves, with the handles springing from bearded masks and each surmounted by an eagle. The covers with cast grape and matted leaf finials and engraved with the royal arms of King William IV. One by John Bridge for Rundell, Bridge and Rundell. in 1833. The other by John Sparkes Tapley for John Tapley and Company and dating to 1835. Both jugs having been retailed by Rundell, Bridge and Rundell. William IV silver. 1830s. Silver gilt. British. Makers marks: Undersides engraved with a coat-of-arms, motto, supporters and baron’s coronet, and stamped “RUNDELL BRIDGE ET Co. AURIFICES REGIS LONDINI”. Inscribed “From His Most Gracious Majesty to Thomas Lord Ducie 1834.” Image © Sotheby’s 2020. Fair use license. via

Antique boxes made from tortoiseshell. Some real tortoiseshell, some faux. All 19th century.

Hinged box raised on paw feet. Antique. English. Faux tortoiseshell and silverplate. Maker not known. Image © 2002-2020 LiveAuctioneers and Echoes Antiques & Auction Gallery, Inc. Fair use license. via
Tea caddy with a pagoda top above above a serpentine form with a lidded interior raised on wooden ball feet, the whole with bone and silver detailing. 19th c. English. Tortoiseshell, bone and silver. Maker not known. Image ©2020 C. Mariani Antiques, Restoration & Custom, San Francisco. Fair use license. via
Box with intricate boulle (marquetry) work with a serpentine front tortoiseshell having a serpentine front and inlaid work in brass and red tortoiseshell depicting stylized floral motifs. Lined with silk and velvet. ca. 1840. French. Maker not known. Image © Antique Boxes at the Sign of the Hygra, London. Fair use license. via

Please note that these were all made in the 19th century when working with tortoiseshell was considered acceptable. Otherwise I would not use them.