Apprentice parades were a feature of 19th C. life in glass-making towns like Stourbridge.
The apprentices had to make special items in order to prove their skills.
Along with the other factory workers, they paraded through the streets bearing all kinds of bizarre glass novelties such as swords, walking canes, giant pipes, bells, hats, trumpets, bugles, etc.
It would have been fascinating to see one of these parades take place!
Maybe your item could have been part of one these displays; it definitely looks English & of the Victorian era.