This sterling silver novelty by Reed & Barton of Taunton, MA was designed to look like an old style stove pipe hat. It is almost 2 ½” high and 3 ½” in diameter; the crown of the hat is cylindrical but arcs in between the top and the brim; and the brim, which has a rolled edge, has a slight curl to its sides to enhance the effect that it is indeed a hat. The top of the hat is stamped with a graphic mortar and pestle date mark for the year 1954; below the mortar and pestle mark is stamped “REED & BARTON”, “Sterling” and X212. The novelty hat is in very good vintage condition.
This miniature sculpture of a seated basset hound cast in sterling silver is by Kirk and Sons of Baltimore, MD. The sculpture is about 2 ¼” long. The bottom of the sculpture is marked with a “3” in a circle, “STERLING” and “S. KIRK & Son. It is in excellent vintage condition.
Sterling silver trash cans like this were probably originally intended for cigarette ashes; but have found and alternate use, today for discarded hors de oeuvres and cocktail picks, or as simple miniature novelties. The form resembles a tin trash can without a lid, fluted all around and having two opposing handles on its side. The silver trash can stands about 2” high, by 2 1⁄8” wide. It is marked on the bottom, STERLING and PAT. PEND.