What is this item?

A friend gave this to me, wanted me to find out what it is. I have no idea, she was a bit creeped out by it. It's small, as you can see, sitting on counter in front of coffee pot. When it sits right side up, it looks like a goats head, and upside down it looks like an old man with beard. Someone suggested to me that it could be an end to a samurai sword, however I think that is incorrect. What do you guys think?

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Powerscout60110 months ago

It is most Definitely a buttcap from an inexpensive "samurai" sword.

Toga_Dan11 months ago

if napkin holder, why not make it sit flat? So it falls over easier?

I think sword may b right.

Yonatan2411 months ago


iceng11 months ago

Not that I think it is a frame that gets bent into a finger ring but it looks like it could...

I'd agree with Josehf that is could be a napkin holder.

I'm not convinced by the samurai sword-end theory either, but thinking along the same lines it could equally be the top cap of a walking stick or an umbrella.

SandyF42 (author)  ThirdEarthDesign11 months ago

Right!, as soon as I heard him say sword, I doubted it. I too thought perhaps a cap for walking stick.

Single napkin Vintage Bronze Napkin holder.

Here is one in the shape of a Swan:


SandyF42 (author)  Josehf Murchison11 months ago

Thank you for the feedback, to each his own I suppose, however I'd not be using it for that purpose, or any purpose for that matter...lol, it's rather strange.