Epergnes were used as a centerpiece for a dinner table or a sideboard. They were designed to "save space" (from the French " épargner").
It would originally have had small glass receptacles for fruit or flowers. This design with bird (or mythical creature) heads and lion paws is over-the top Victorian!
The epergne was made by W.W. Harrison & Co., Sheffield, and date marked for 1885. It is hallmarked twice, once on the base, and once on the side of one of the holders.
It is about 17" high and 10" wide. It weighs slightly over 1,542 grams (49.57 troy ounces/approximately 3.4 lbs.) The hollow base has 3 screws attaching to the 3 paws. There are a few minor professional repairs. See photo #9.
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