I have just joined your forum, I live in New Zealand my wife and I are Antique and Collectables Dealers.
Some time back we found this piece of silver in the shape of a ball with a screw in top made to look like a flame, which has a hole in the top, I think something is missing from here, it also has three small balls as feet to stand on.
It is 4 inches high over all and 2.5 inches in diameter on the base is a hallmark for Chester the date letter is for 1901 and the makers mark S.I.Ld also the name Hardy Bros Sydney & Brisbane. Sadly this piece has some damage.
I have more photos if needed.
Can anyone help with an ID for what this is and what was it used for.
PS well done on a Great forum best of luck.