How amazing is this trinket dish? With flowery faux pearls, teeny detailed feet, and a bell top to announce the removal of whatever you've put inside! This piece has a funky design and cool history. Covered dishes like this were popular on tabletops in the 1960s & 70s to hold saccharin tablets for sweetening drinks. It would have originally had a small glass bowl inside and wee little tongs. Vintage saccharin dishes can be found today, although this sassy design is quite rare.
Midcentury goldtone metal and plastic pearls. Unmarked (possibly made by Hanle). Approximate measurements: 3" tall feet to tip of handle, 2" wide; dish 1.5" wide, .75" deep. Feet are secure but wobble slightly. Wear to finish on metal and "pearls" add to the vintage charm of this fantastic conversation piece.
Saccharin has a rather sassy history. It was discovered accidentally in 1878 when a researcher forgot to wash his hands. He noticed a sweet coating on his bread, and hightailed it back to his lab to taste every beaker, test tube, dish and tool until he found the source! He then patented it (in a shady manner - without crediting his lab partner) and set up shop producing the chemical sweetener in NYC.
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