As I was poking around in my favourite junque shoppe today, I found an interesting piece of blue willow china, which I have been collecting since I moved back to the States. I love the classic combination of that with my beautiful Royal Copenhagen white pieces.
Anyway… I spotted this piece, but had absolutely no idea what it was. It didn’t have any markings on the bottom, so I couldn’t tell its age, but it looks older than newer, just because of the way the transfer pattern appears.
It stands about seven inches across and about three inches tall. It’s got a center section that’s open, with three raised rests. In the middle of the base of the piece is a “cup” for lack of a better word that looks like it would fit a votive candle. The top of the piece extends over the side, and there are three evenly spaced holes around the side of the piece.
I can’t figure out if there was a lid to the piece, but given the pattern, I am inclined to think that there was. In the picture below, it looks like the three raised sections are indented and it almost looks like it could be an ashtray.
Okay, readers! Any ideas as to what this piece is? I am clueless and open to all suggestions!