Friday, February 6, 2009
A mystery "teapot"
Earlier this week, I wrote about an antique spooner I own, and I was delighted to learn that some of you, like me, had been unfamiliar with these pieces. So I happened to learn what those are, but there's so much more I don't know, like the purpose of this little piece.
It was $3, a recent junk store find, and it's clearly not a teapot because it's so small (6 inches wide, 4 inches tall) and thin (1-3/4 inches deep) and has a faux "lid." So, for the time being I am using this to hold my small steel crochet hooks.
On the bottom is stamped in blue-green ink (or paint?) the number 52/133. I cannot for the life of me figure out what this thing is. A wall pocket? No, there's no hole for hanging on the back. A vase for small flowers? Maybe. But why would you have made a "teapot" so thin? What was its intended purpose? If anyone has any theories, I'd love to hear them!