Connie - thank you.
Anne - what interesting tea warmers. Coincidentally, an American- German friend of mine send me a pic of a very similar one today too. Thanks, for the info, Anne
Ivo - many thanks for the social history. I always find that aspect of glass collecting especially interesting. The Jacobean one sounds wonderful. Now, have you or anyone else ever seen a Carnival Glass one before? If there are any others "out there" I would love to know about the.
A friend in the USA who read my article last night contacted me to say that he has had the glass part of the item for several years (no metal top) and wondered what it could be. he thought perhaps it was meant to be the bottom of an electric lamp, with the holes in the bottom for the electric wires.
Thanks again for your help and comments, everyone.