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Does anyone have any information about this silver bird?

  • August 23, 2015 12:55 PM EDT

    I have listed this in my Etsy shop along with a statement that I would love more information about it, but no one has yet contacted me. So, I will post him(her) here in our forums in the hopes that one of you knows something about these peacocks, pheasants....some kind of bird where the head can be removed to store something inside the cavity of the body. Thank you.


  • August 24, 2015 11:07 AM EDT

    Thanks for those thinky answers, ladies. I never would have thought of either one of those suggestions. Both are a possiblitiy. 

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    August 25, 2015 1:19 AM EDT
    Maybe storage for loose tobacco or chewing tobacco????
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    August 25, 2015 8:12 AM EDT

    I found these on Etsy, too that sort of looks like yours although I don't know if yours has the shaker holes -

  • August 25, 2015 10:03 AM EDT

    They don't have the shaker holes, but salt storage would be possible and so would loose tobacco. Thanks for the find, Corolina. That pair are certainly in the ball park but I don't think FoxandForage knows much about them either. 

  • August 25, 2015 5:52 PM EDT

    What an interesting piece! I am curious as to what it will turn out to be.

  • September 16, 2015 2:15 AM EDT

    I believe it is a Decanter.

    This post was edited by Ken Antiques et Cetera at September 16, 2015 2:16 AM EDT
  • September 16, 2015 4:57 PM EDT

    Thanks, Ken. I think it's a decanter also. For a secret drinker perhaps???LOL M'lady, sitting at her dressing table taking a little nip? I can't see it being for the husband somehow unless it's on the side table as decor. Then he would nip as well. Oh, my....I am prattling on.

    All of the above suggestions are great. If you find more that it could be please add it on the list.



  • December 14, 2015 12:56 PM EST

    I really appreciate you finding something interesting about the decanter bird, however, your link goes to a 404 mistake page. I hope you can fix it because I really would like to see/read about it. Thank you so much for your efforts. 


  • December 14, 2015 2:34 PM EST

    Ok try again

    scroll down to numbers 299 and 300

  • December 16, 2015 8:38 PM EST

    Sue, you may want to get it tested.  It's possible it may be coin silver and not be marked.  Here are a couple of sales on Ruby Lane for similar items:

    (this one is marked 800)

    (the seller doesn't mention any marks on these)

    Even if your's is silver plated, it may be worth considerably more than you have it listed for.

    This post was edited by Gail at PurrfectTreasures at December 16, 2015 8:40 PM EST
  • December 16, 2015 9:37 PM EST

    I TOTALLY Agree with Gail !

  • December 20, 2015 9:23 PM EST

    Just a suggestion - remove the comments in your listing guessing about the underlying metal.  Just FYI, not criticizing, it is "nickel" not "nichol" and the most common metals to be plated are copper, brass, white metal or nickel. With so many choices it's about impossible to tell for certain.

    Guesses aren't the best idea to include in a listing, it's a turnoff for shoppers and can make it sound like you really don't know what you are selling.

    The relevant part is exactly what you said, it responds wonderfully to silver polish, so it obviously it is silver and likely may be plated.

    Nice piece, I haven't seen any exactly like it, so I don't know for sure other than agreeing it almost certainly must be a decanter. And not to criticize - but while the Ruby Lane listings are similar birds in appearance, quality-wise they are not in the same league; they are incredibly detailed, deeply molded, amazingly lifelike and obviously expensive to have produced, looking more like limited editions than mass produced.

    Good luck !!

    This post was edited by Jane Time's Treasures LLC at December 20, 2015 9:43 PM EST
  • July 8, 2016 5:32 PM EDT

    BTW....I sold this old bird about a month ago. Thought I should post the news and thank everyone for helping me.

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    July 9, 2016 4:53 PM EDT

    Alright!!!!!! WTG!