Well this is a unique old item, not sure of the use, most likely just decorative. It is VERY heavy, could have been a paperweight. It is French, marked on the bottom," A.Roux Fondeur Lyon". 6 1/4" by 5 3/4" by 2 3/4" tall.
Item ID: 464c
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