To me it looks like a salt or pepper shaker, but i am told its a “pounce pot”.
It comes from the Nethercoat family in Northamptonshire England, so we believe. The other side has a letter “N” which appears on other family silver and plate. It is 73mm tall and 48mm across the base.
there is a porous pad set into the base. not sure what its made of. Looks like cloth.
The top comes off to refill it with whatever goes in. No sign of what was in there.
There are no silver marks except an EC inside a shield like shape and the words “sterling silver” next to it.
did they make pounce pots that looked like salt shakers?
any guesses as to when this was made?