Sunday, April 11, 2010

another tiny treasure

See this funny little guy?

... well, I say ' guy' but it could just as easily be a girl.
Surprisingly, I'm not that great at sexing squirrels - especially not tiny silver ones - but 'IT' is so impersonal, right? So if we can all just agree to think of this one as a hesquirrel, it will make writing this post a whole lot easier. Okay?

I've had him pretty much my whole life, and I've only ever seen one other like him -which belongs to my good friend Nola G

I think that he was probably a Christening gift because my parents were not very affluent, and unless I tell you, I'd be very surprised if anyone [ except Nola of course ] would be able to guess his purpose

... because, you see, he's not purely decorative. He had a mission in life - quite an important one.

want a hint?
... well
if it helps
he came with this mother-of-pearl ring

It measures about an inch and a quarter and the inside edge is quite crudely done

not ready to give up yet?

another hint, then?
and this time I'm really giving the whole game away

there would've been a little rubber bulb attached to that groove near the base

this was my dummy [ pacifier to my American friends ]
so I may not have had a silver spoon in my mouth but I certainly had a silver squirrel

From time to time I wear the squirrel on a chain, and when there was a fashion a few years back for such things, I had the mother-of-pearl ring threaded onto a leather thong.

Anyone else got one of these ?


Lynne said...

Wow! I've never seen or even imagined such a thing. It's gorgeous. And who would have guessed its original function - not in a million years!

ozjane said...

I am oh so tempted to say.....could explain why you are nuts.....but I would never never do a thing like that..........but oh it is tempting.....LOL

Michele said...

What a marvelous, unique little heirloom! How lovely that you still have it. Michele

Blessings each day said...

What a great job you did with this post, intriguing all the glad you uncovered the mystery and didn't leave us hanging!
You certainly do have a wonderful heirloom there!

blessings and hugs,


crazyhaberdasher said...

You might see something like it on ebay if you type in vintage teethers - I did see a cat, rabbit, and mouse, but did not find anything similar under dummies/pacifiers.
cheers, Maz

Sheepish Annie said...

I've never seen anything like it! But it is so charming and sweet. What a lovely heirloom!

Warty Mammal said...

That is a million times cool. Thank you for showing it.

Um, I have a stainless steel spoon with the Campbell's Soup kids on it, which my folks got by saving up soup can labels. I don't suppose that's sort of like a silver spoon? They are both metals, after all.

No. Never mind. Forget I mentioned it.

Olivia said...

Very cool! This post was just like the segment on 'Collectors' where the panel has to guess the purpose of some unusual object.

Jejune said...

I've never seen anything like it before! I would never have figured out what it was :)