What the Heck Is It? # 19

Happy Thursday friends and welcome to another edition of… What the Heck is it?

In the last What the Heck I shared a very antique looking piece.

Most of you thought it was a butter dish, which would have had a glass insert and a dome of some sort on top.

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I did some google research and I agree. From other examples that I saw the dome would have sat just inside those 4 nubby thingies.

And I originally thought the two thiniges on the one side were for some kind of hinge, but it’s where a butter knife was held.

Thanks so much for all your comments. 🙂

Since I collect silver pieces it’s so great to find out what they were used for. It seems in the olden days of yore there was a silver piece for almost everything you can imagine.

So this week I’m sharing another silver plate find that I just picked up a few days ago for $1.

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It’s about 8″ long and 2 3/4″ wide…


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…and has a lovely cut out design and patina.


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It’s marked Yeoman Plate, Silver Plated on Copper, Made in England. This is a zoom as the mark is quite small.


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Considering all the silver pieces I’ve collected I’ve never seen one like this before. I might be the only one in the world who doesn’t know what this is, but I’m going to ask anyway. 🙂

What the heck is it? Any ideas?

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


 P.S. If you enjoyed this post you might also enjoy these past What The Hecks Is It? posts.
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  1. ColleenB. says:

    That my dear friend is a Biscuit (In USA ‘Cookie’ Basket.’ )Basket. :}

  2. Silly me I was going to say a round cracker holder….not very elegant am i? I’ve seen Ritz in something like that somewhere before ?

  3. Ha! I was going to say round cracker holder too! Ah, great minds, Deb! Biscuit holder it is!! Dona

  4. Tray for chocolate covered After Dinner Mints

  5. I agree with the others….but my first thought was a match holder that they used with old time fireplaces. The matches were long so that you could get into the fireplace and get the fire going….the holder set on the mantel.

    1. I thought matches, as well!!

  6. I agree with the biscuit holder. I just wonder if at one time it had a glass insert.

  7. This is an easy one!
    Only because I worked with an appraiser for years. She told me it was a cracker tray or holder. Go figure. The things they made trays for were strange!

  8. cracker/ biscuit tray — i actually have one from the 70’s but it’s a clear plastic tray imitating cut glass 😉

  9. merrilie halman says:

    Victorian Cracker tray

  10. I thought of a bread basket for those little round bread thingies, so a cracker basket makes sense.