This is a wonderful Art Nouveau poche vide or calling card tray. A poche vide is a french term for a tray that would be place on an entree table for literally "emptying your pockets" of key or coins. This could also have been for calling cards. The image of Ophelia in the water is a poignant one. First known in Shakespearean times, Ophelia was the young girl who went mad due to her torment and love of Hamlet. This piece is wonderful. The silver metal is quite heavy.. it might be pewter with silver overlay. It looks like it could have been designed by Unger Brothers, Orivit, KAYSERZINN or WMF. The patina is wonderful. Condition is good with just a couple minor blemishes..