This is a small hook hallmarked with the lion for sterling silver.
I am not sure of the purpose, but it is a very hefty piece for the size of it.
The top is a rounded dome with a knob on it, and the hook is somewhat twisted, a bit like a corkscrew but not as much twist.
Perhaps it was used for a utensil for food, but I do not know.
Condition: Very good. May have had other hallmarks that are no longer visible. Small indentation on one side of hook.
Size: 1 3/4 inches long. 1/2 inch across top.
Antique Circa 1880 Sterling Silver Small Hook