Friday, September 21, 2012


While walking through one of my favorite antique stores not too long ago, I came across something that I fell in love with.  But what the heck is it?


In all my years of rummaging through antique malls, flea markets, and even swap meets, I have never seen anything quite like this.  The top looks to me like it could possibly be part of a lamp or even a trophy, but take a look at the stem near the base of it.

As you can see, it’s not a toggle switch to turn something on or off.  What throws me off is that it unscrews from the main portion of the piece.

The other thing that really throws me for a loop is the bottom of the base itself.  To me, it looks like a spout that could dispense some kind of beverage.

So, I need some help identifying this absolutely fabulous, almost one-of-a-kind, wonderful… thing.  Any help will be greatly appreciated on figuring this one out.

If it’s any help, here are some pictures of the marks on the bottom of the piece.  The person with the best answer will get a coupon code to get 20% off an item in my TIAS store.

The store can be seen here.

1 comment:

  1. That is a very strange item indeed! My first thought was that it is a sugar although I don't know the exact measurements of it. Since I love to research antiques, I found some info about the Forbes Silver Company (nothing about John T. McClelland that would be applicable) and it appear they made a great deal of bases for old glass "things" (pickle casters, etc.). Actually, the screw could be simply for decorative purposes. I'm assuming the bowl has no hole in the bottom? I'm probably way off base here but you're right, it's a very wonderful . . . thing!