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Lion's head box- seems to be silver plated??

I am new to collecting antiques and vintage items.
I bought a lion’s head that appears to be silver or silver plated. It’s really pretty. It sits on the table about 4 inches high. It opens and has a small cylinder box at the base.
I am completely perplexed as to what this item was used for and I can’t find anything online except one online auction with no real information.

Please let me know what you know about this piece! I am looking to sell it, so if you know approximately what these would sell for, let me know!

Thanks alot

If you need more photos, I’ll take some once I get home.
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