My guess is that this was made for carrying a candle around, but I'm not entirely sure. Definitely 19th c. if not earlier, hand-forged of iron. I love it as a sculptural thing, with that tail, perfectly shaped for a finger to wrap itself around, making a really beautiful line. Lovely.
4 3/4" l x 2 1/4" t. 1 5/16" across interior of ring; 1 9/16 across exterior of ring. Good antique condition. Sturdy and sound and not shedding/flaking.