Trashcan toothpick holder made of ribbed sterling silver and marked "STERLING PAT PEND" as seen in the photograph. It does very closely resemble the full size version of a trash can. The miniatures are made without lids however, so watch out for raccoons and bears getting into the "trash".
The trash can is approximately 2 inches tall and 1 3/4 inches in diameter. There are also 2 sterling silver trashcan handles on each side of this toothpick holder. Probably circa 1950s - 1960s.
I have several customers that have bought these over the years from me that use them at cocktail parties for holding the used/dirty toothpicks that have become "trash". They also seem to get used as novel host/hostess and house warming gifts. I usually do have multiples of these in stock, so if you would like more than one, please inquire. It is in very good vintage condition showing minimal age appropriate wear.
Sterling Silver Trash/Garbage Can Toothpick Holder