I love picking up hotel silver when I see it in secondhand stores. It always has such a great heft to it and, what's more, feels like a part of history.
I got this silver piece that came from the Willard a while back but have never figured out what it is. The Willard is a historic hotel in downtown Washington, so I was drawn to it right away. It's about 6" tall. The top piece that sits on the rim of the bowl is removable. At first I thought it would be handy to use for a flower arrangement, but I know that wasn't its primary purpose. It is stamped 'Victor S. Co. EP-NS Silver Soldered R0110 54" (and "The Willard") on the bottom.
So, does anyone know what this silver piece is for?