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The pictured item is 6 inches high by 7 inches wide x 4 inches deep.

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The pictured item is 3-1/4 inches by 3-3/4 inches by 4-1/4 inches.

(Photo: Ruby Lane)

33 responses to “Happy #whatsitwednesday!”

  1. Mzgti2u says:

    This is a Fancy biscuit box with a little scoop.

  2. says:

    This is a Victorian sugar scuttle. It’s oak with silver-plated decoration, and was made about 1890, by Harrison Brothers & Howson, Sheffield, England. It has a hinged door on the side, a loop handle and bun feet.

  3. carolswheels says:

    Sugar or tea caddy and silver scoop.

  4. ShopLostSouls says:

    Coal scuttle

  5. Katzer says:

    It is called a “scuttlebutt” used to clean out your fireplace so as not to track ashes across the room. Scuttle your butt out of here.

  6. skatyeight says:

    It looks like it could be for salt, sugar or some kind of spice, but it’s awful fancy for that. Unless, of course, you’re so wealthy and want to flaunt your riches.

  7. ashes01 says:

    I would have to agree it is a sugar or tea caddy from way back when. We can’t see if it locks on the other side which would make it a definite. A very nice peice that I would not mind having myself.

  8. cherfel says:

    It looks from mid 1800s, British, maybe a sugar cube container.

  9. cherfel says:

    It looks from mid 1800s, British, maybe a coffee, flour or sugar bin.

  10. DESHEWOLFE says:

    I think it is for scooping out snobs ashtrays for cigarettes or cigars.

  11. Rosebug says:

    Tea caddie and scoop?

  12. says:

    Very nice coal scuttle.

  13. Hookman says:

    It’s a rather ornate “pooper scooper” from the late Victorian era. Back then, even the pets of the wealthy had it good. This would have been used by the “Pet Butler” whose sole job was to pick up and remove any offerings from the “other” member(s) of the family.

  14. Fat hank says:

    May be a voting unit for fraternal group {I.E Elks,Masons ect} where as the scoop would be used to pick a white up a white or black ball and drop it in the other side through a hole in the inside to the other side ,as it appears the lid on the back side has hinges.

  15. PPiman says:

    It’s a Victorian oak and silver plated sugar scuttle circa 1890 made by Harrison Brothers & Howson, Sheffield, England.

  16. appraiseold says:

    This appears to be an English coal storage box constructed from mahogany wood and chrome plated metal. It is designed to sit on the hearth adjacent to the fireplace or room heating stove. Circa 1925

  17. flash472002 says:

    Sugar or salt caddy, I would think.

  18. GeneMan1 says:

    Looks like a silver trimmed English Tea Caddie, with silver scoop.

  19. DOBIE66 says:

    My guess isn’t is a Coal bin

  20. nanceq says:

    English coal scuttle

  21. EJC says:

    This is s handsome wood (mahogany?) and silver container and dispenser with silver scoop stored on one side opposite a hinged lid on the other side. Possibly for tea leaves, ground coffee, sugar or salt or other condiment. The bail handle may be for carrying it to table.

  22. Jstrahler says:

    A box for coffee beans?

  23. LCroft242 says:

    Perhaps a fancy container & scoop for coal/wood ashes! Nice!!

  24. VAFlats says:

    Container to haul coal in with.

  25. limerickey says:

    The scoop makes me think it may be a container to store and serve sugar, flour, or loose tea? It’s kind of masculine, so maybe tobacco. It’s really beautiful.

  26. zvicki says:

    Tea Safe?
    Before I saw the little shovel, I thought it was a Judith Lieber purse! 🙂

  27. danafranklin says:

    It’s an English purdonium (coal container) and scoop with what appear to be silver-plate fittings.

  28. borglah says:

    Maybe a container for spices or coffee grounds? No clue, but it’s beautiful!

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