Snuff mulls in rams horn and silver or silver plate. Sitting on castors, they were pushed around the dining room table so everyone could take their snuff. Two with finials modeled as animals, the third made with an actual ram’s head with horns attached.

Presentation large snuff mall, the scrolling horns centered by a silver snuff mall and raised on a scroll support, the hinged flat cover of the mull with a horse-form finial, all above a band of thistles, the horn tips applied with silver sleeves engraved with thistles, the side engraved with a presentation inscription dated 1902 above the depiction of a distillery. 1901. Made in Sheffield, England by Walker and Hall. Silver and ram horn. Maker’s marks: marked on the the side, cover, underside of the cover and the horn tips. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/collector-english-european-furniture-ceramics-silver-works-art/edwardian-silver-ram-horn-presentation-large-snuff-mull-58/114936
Snuff mall which, mounted on castors, would have been rolled down the table for gentlemen to partake of the snuff in the small silver box on top of the ram’s head. Attached to the ram’s head by small silver chains are a rake with which to scratch the snuff, a small spoon to scoop it up and a rabbit’s foot for the gentlemen to wipe their moustaches after taking their snuff. 1875. Made in Edinburgh, Scotland for the Mosgiel Woolen Company. Silver, ram’s head and rabbit foot. Collections of the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, New Zealand.  © Crown Copyright. Fair use license. via https://teara.govt.nz/en/object/38961/rams-head-snuff-mull#:~:text=A%20snuff%20mull%20is%20an,top%20of%20the%20ram’s%20head.
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Silver plated ram’s horn presentation snuff mall topped with a hinged box. Dog finial standing guard above a stag’s head with a single hoof support and the end of the horn tipped with a claw shaped silver mount. Late 19th c. Made in Sheffield, England by Walker and Hall. Silver plate and ram’s horn. Image © Cynthia Findlay Fine Jewellery and Antiques. Fair use license. via https://www.cynthiafindlay.com/victorian-silver-plated-rams-horn-snuff-mull.html

Cassolettes in ormolu and patinated bronze. Mostly from around 1800. Used to burn potpourri.

Pair of cassolettes, each cast as an oil lamp with an eagle’s head finial on a circular plinth. ca. 1795. Directoire. Ormolu and patinated bronze. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/collector-english-european-furniture-ceramics-silver-works-art/pair-directoire-ormolu-patinated-bronze-cassolettes-1/114915
Pair of cassolettes, each one raised on a triform white marble base, the base bordered with ormolu, raised on a molded ormolu step above three toupie feet and set to the center with an elaborate ormolu foliate finial. The base of each cassolette supporting three patinated legs, each leg modeled as an elongated cartyatid that terminates in a hoof foot with the legs supporting the bowl of the vase. The rim of each bowl finished with a pierced ormolu frieze and topped with a flat cover which is in turn surmounted by an elaborate ormolu finial comprised of a an abandance of fruit and foliage. Late 19th c. in the Louis XVI style. French. Ormolu, patinated bronze and white marble. Henry Dasson, maker (1825-1895). Maker’s marks: signed “Henry Dasson” to the base of each. Image v© 2021 Mayfair Gallery Limited. Fair use license. via https://www.mayfairgallery.com/pair-gilt-patinated-bronze-cassolettes-dasson

Pair of baluster form cassolettes, the ring-adorned waisted neck mounted with foliate swans, the stiff-leaf cast lip headed by a domed lid with pinecone finial flanked by winged putti blowing dolphin-headed horns and resting on scrolled paired lion supports above a circular fluted base with foliate-cast edge. ca. 1785-1790. French. Attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire. Image © Christie’s 2021, Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5103945

Tureens with handles that aren’t the average boring thing . .. . a lemon, cauliflower or a branch. . . who knows what they’ll think of next? Made by Herend of Hungary which has been in the porcelain business since 1826.

Soup tureen in the “Queen Victoria VBO” design with a lemon finial and painted with peony flowers and butterflies. 2021. Made in Hungary. Porcelain. Piece code #TURM3. © 2016. Herend Experts. Fair use license. via https://www.herendexperts.com/product/herend-fine-china-1023-0-03-vbo-queen-victoria-soup-tureen/
Soup tureen in the “Rothschild bird blue fish scale – RO-EB” design with a cauliflower finial. 2021. Made in Hungary. Porcelain. © 2016. Herend Experts. Fair use license. via https://www.herendexperts.com/product/herend-1002-0-00-ro-eb-soup-tureen-rothschild-bird-blue-fish-scale/
Soup tureeen in the “Rothschild Garden” design with handles and finials modeled as branches. 2021. Made in Hungary. Porcelain with 24 karat gold accents. Image © 1996-2021, Amazon.com, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.google.com/search?q=herend+tureen&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwiIroy1xrfvAhUBEd8KHT10BhYQ2-cCegQIABAA&oq=herend+tureen&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQAzICCAAyBggAEAgQHjIGCAAQCBAeOgQIIxAnOggIABCxAxCDAToFCAAQsQM6BAgAEEM6BAgAEB46BAgAEBhQ3mpYsoEBYPiDAWgEcAB4AIABVIgBrQmSAQIxN5gBAKABAaoBC2d3cy
Mini tureen in the “Royal Garden” pattern with a butterfly finial. 2021. Made in Hungary. Porcelain with accents of 24 karat gold. Image © 2021 www.herendstore.com. Fair use license. via https://www.herendstore.com/Herend-China-Royal-Garden-Mini-Tureen-p/hevict1-06017-0-17.htm

Novelty barware, shot cups (jiggers) with a stoplight motif running up the front. mid 20 century. Made in the United States and Canada.

Stoplight shot cup. 1930s. American. Sterling silver with red, yellow and green circles, indicating STOP, CAUTION, and GO. Made and signed by ALVIN. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/jewelry/silver-flatware-silverplate/flatware-individual-pieces/stop-caution-go-stoplight-enamel-sterling-shot-cup/id-j_10829822/

Mid-century Chrome jigger decorated with a green, yellow, and red colored traffic light design and a bakelite handle. As the liquid capacity of the spirit measure increases the engraved warnings signal Safe, and Caution, Danger. Mid 20th c. Canadian. Glo-Hill Canada, maker. Image © SIR JACK’S. Fair use license. via https://sirjacks.com/products/vintage-chrome-stoplight-jigger/
Brass stoplight jigger with green, yellow, and red lucite lights corresponding to “safe, caution, danger.” Vintage, probably mid 20th c. Canadian. Glo-Hill, Canada, maker. Maker’s marks: marked “Reg’d Design, Glo-Hill, Canada” on the base. Image © 2021 – WorthPoint Corporation. Fair use license. via https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/stoplight-jigger-shot-glass-bar-cup-1837827424

Sardine boxes in various materials and times. A Victorian idea. They had special pieces for just about every foodstuff you can think of and probably some long forgotten..

Sardine box with a glass liner. 1930s. English. Silver-plate and glass. Maker not known. Image © 2021 Etsy, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.etsy.com/listing/719249755/english-pewter-sardine-box-with-glass?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_a-home_and_living-home_decor-ornaments_and_accents-other&utm_custom1=k_Cj0KCQjwrsGCBhD1ARIsALILBYr6Jv3cjzb8aaL694zeSc16CddzTjDSz9tRfZhC_3avLeYhlcZBmfAaAhIkEALw_wcB_k&utm_content=go_1843970809_72389326289_346364630823_pla-371215830637_c__719249755_134047580&utm_custom2=1843970809&gclid=Cj0KCQjwrsGCBhD1ARIsALILBYr6Jv3cjzb8aaL694zeSc16CddzTjDSz9tRfZhC_3avLeYhlcZBmfAaAhIkEALw_wcB
Porcelain sardine box. 19th c. Antique. Made in Austria. Marked on the underside. Image © 2021 Chairish, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.chairish.com/product/2936489/antique-victoria-austria-porcelain-sardine-box
Sardine box with a silver-plated frame with sardines modeled on the feet and cover. Frosted glass insert. Late 19th-early 20th c. No marks. Image © Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates. Fair use license. via https://www.jeffreysevans.com/auction/late-victorian-sardine-box/

18th century hand fans, each painted with a pretty scene. From the March offerings of Fans d’Eventail of Paris.

Hand-fan with a skin leaf painted with the biblical scene of the return of the prodigal son. Painted skin leaf with carved, pierced and engraved ivory sticks and guards with dancer motifs. 1700-1720. Maker not known. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/18th-century-fans/2966-the-return-of-the-prodigal-son-fan-circa-1700-1720.html
Brisé painted and varnished hand-fan, the leaf painted with a scene of a group having a picnic. Pierced ivory sticks and guards. Early 18th c. Maker not known. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/18th-century-fans/2964-the-snack-early-18th-century-fan.html

Hand-fan with the skin leaf mounted in the English style, painted with what could be episodes from the goddess Diana’s life, including a scene with Diana watching over Endymion’s sleep. Painted skin leaf with the back painted with flowers. Ivory sticks and guards, pierced, engraved and applied with gold leaf. 18th-19th c. Maker not known. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/18th-century-fans/2971-d.html

Jardiniere with putti . .. a bit of fun and frolic for your plants.

Flambe glazed ceramic jardinière with gilt bronze mounts. French. Maker’s marks for Luneville which been in business since 1711. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/98408403_beautiful-19th-century-french-jardiniere
Parian bisque jardinière modeled as a basket with with relief figures of putti, Oval base strewn with rose flowers. Antique. 19th c. Maker not known. Incised #4 mark under the base. Image © 2021 French Garden House. Fair use license. via https://frenchgardenhouse.com/item_6207/Estate-19th-Century-Parian-Bisque-Cherub-Jardiniere-Putti-Basket.htm
Jardinière with an openwork troughed body carried by four putti figures with three-dimensional rose branches. and the handles with lateral laurel wreaths with bows. Porcelain with polychrome painting and a gold rim. ca. 1907-1927. German. C. G. Schierholz and Son, maker. Maker’s marks: manufacturers mark “Thuringia. Plaue. C. G. Schierholz & Son.” Image © Very Important Lot. Fair use license. via https://veryimportantlot.com/en/lot/view/jardiniere-mit-putten-394695
Decorative vintage brass baroque jardiniere with putti – Italy – ca.1970 Brass or bronze jardinière with putti. ca. 1970. Baroque in style.; Italian. Image © 2021 Catawiki. Fair use license. via https://www.catawiki.com/l/8606717-decorative-vintage-brass-or-bronze-baroque-jardiniere-with-putti-italy-ca-1970

Envisionings of a dreamed up time long past. Maybe it looked like this, maybe it didn’t. Fun either way. Plates taken from M. A. Racinet’s 1888 work “Le costume historique.” Published in Paris by Firmin-Didot et cie..

“Intérieur d’une riche habitation de la haute antiquité. Egyptien.” Page 58. 1888. French. Charpentier, lithographer. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lecostumehistori02raci/page/n58/mode/1up
“Pièce principale d’une riche maison Athénienne” Grece. Page 184. Nordmann, lithographer. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lecostumehistori02raci/page/n184/mode/1up
“La Maison Pompéienne, l’atrium (Restauration de Jules Bouchet). Plan et profil de la Maison de Pansa. Greco-Roman.” Page 215. Charpentier, lithographer. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lecostumehistori02raci/page/n214/mode/1up
“Restauration de l’intérieur d’un palais. Romain.” Page 302. Charpentier, lithographer. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lecostumehistori02raci/page/n300/mode/1up
“Bijouterie Gauloise et Mérovingienne. Broderies Bretton. Gaulois.”. Page 398. Spiegel, lithographer. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lecostumehistori02raci/page/n396/mode/1up

Colored concepts for designs for Minton Pottery. Selected sketches taken from SD 1705/MS1684. Collections of the Minton Archive, Stoke-on-Trent, England.

Design with an ombre pale blue central leaf. Image © the Minton Archive. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-march-6/
“Worthington in bottle.” Image © the Minton Archive. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-march-6/
Steamer. Image © the Minton Archive. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-march-6/
Roundel with brown or burnt orange. Image © the Minton Archive. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-march-6/

Walking sticks with handles that look like fish and their little animal friends. Taken from a current Tooveys’ Auctions catalog.

Bamboo walking cane, the boxwood handle naturalistically carved as a branch and inset with two ivory insects. Late 19th c. Maker not known. Image © Toovey’s. Fair use license. via https://www.tooveys.com/lots/438869/a-late-19th-century-bamboo-walking-cane
Ebonized walking cane, the Chinese Yixing stoneware handle modeled as a bird. Late 19th c. Image © Toovey’s. Fair use license. via https://www.tooveys.com/lots/438872/a-late-19th-century-ebonized-walking-cane
Edwardian walking cane, the horn handle carved as the head of a bird with inset glass eyes, together with another walking cane, the boxwood handle carved with a hunting scene. ca. 1910. Image © Toovey’s. Fair use license. via https://www.tooveys.com/lots/438874/an-edwardian-ebonized-walking-cane
Ebonized walking cane, the stag antler handle carved as a fish head, together with another stag antler handled walking cane inset with mother-of-pearl eyes. Early 20th c. Image © Toovey’s. Fair use license. via https://www.tooveys.com/lots/438877/an-early-20th-century-ebonized-walking-cane
Ebonized walking cane, the horn handle carved as a tiger above a nickel plated collar. Early 20th c. Image © Toovey’s. Fair use license. via https://www.tooveys.com/lots/438881/an-early-20th-century-ebonized-walking-cane