This charming antique item originally was a handle for a parasol. Today, many people have these made into handles for a large magnifying glass that they then display on a desktop. Or, they have them made into cane handles. Personally, I think they are lovely by themselves in a display of Victorian period items.
This one features an 8 sided pinch-waisted central portion made from mother-of-pearl panels. The top and bottom portions are heavily chased scroll patterns made from gold plated metal.
The handle measures 8 3/4" in length. At the top of the knob it measures 1 1/2" in diameter and at the attachment end 7/16ths in diameter.
As you will see in the photos (enlarge them if you wish) there is visible wear to the gold. The overall appearance still makes an excellent impression and is worth the price asked. Also, I the gold can be replated by most silver repair places as they often are set up to do electroplating in silver, gold, and chrome. Priced accordingly.