I purchased this piece in a very badly tarnished state—in part because I could not resist the fabulous fox head, but also because I didn’t know exactly what it was and wanted to find out! Happily, the silver-plate polished right up, and I also found its exact twin selling online for $275. I especially like what it is: a stirrup cup, made for holding a drink while mounted on horseback, typically prior to the beginning of a hunt--hence the fox head.
This one, circa 1930s, is monogrammed with the initials HHF, and I think was used by him or her quite a bit! At present, if not to be used for a shot of something warming, it would be pretty great just sitting on the counter, maybe as a cloche over a head of garlic! Or turn it upside down--it sits squarely on the ears and snout--and use it as a vase or even as a planter.
5.25 tall and just short of 3.5” diameter. There is a scratch down the back and a fair amount of pitting, but it is wonderful regardless!