Sterling Silver warmer? with Lion/Crown- what is this?

Exterior View:

http://www.shekerra.com/gal/main.php/v/shekerra/identify/InternationalSilverLionCrest.JPG.html
Lion holding crown and standing on what looks like grass.
Handle and cover handle are removable (unscrew) and look like cherrywood?

Interior View:
http://www.shekerra.com/gal/main.php/v/shekerra/identify/inside.JPG.html

Underneath - Capital I and underneath the I says International
Made in USA with some kind of round mark

I just need to know what to classify this thing as?
Any valid help would be appreciated.

TIA
shek
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☠ MASQ ☠Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Is it some kind of executive bed warming pan???
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GUEENAuthor Commented:
I don't think it is bed warming pan, it seems like the square knob on the cover might poke you.
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OlskiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Bed warmers normally look like the ones at the bottom of this http://www.adams-antiques.net/brass.html page and are made of copper or brass with vent holes in the top. But I suppose it could be one that uses boilding water inside to warm the bed?
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OlskiCommented:
FYI the bedwarmer would warm the bed and then be removed before you got in to it!
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b0lsc0ttConnect With a Mentor IT ManagerCommented:
shekerra,

Your point about the top poking is what makes me hesitate but all other aspects of it scream bed warmer.  The long handle, wide area for the pan but not real deep, and elegant design.  I have never used the but I thought they were usually removed before sleeping and just placed on top of the mattress underneath the blankets and sheets.  If that is the case then the piece on top would not be an issue but just an added piece of elegance and an easy way to open the hot lid.

Just a thought but I agree, bed warmer.

Let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

b0lsc0tt
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GUEENAuthor Commented:
How can I put boiling water in it when the cover completely opens and closing with no security for boiling h20?  The handle is only 5 3/4's long!
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☠ MASQ ☠Connect With a Mentor Commented:
You only put hot water in "modern" bed warmers.  Real bed warmers have hot coals inside them so you need an insulated handle.
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GUEENAuthor Commented:
But there is no way to *secure* the cover? It can flip open and closed.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
The handle is probably too short as well (misjudged it from the photo) - chafing dish?
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GUEENAuthor Commented:
hmmm, I wonder if it could be a chafing dish...
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b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
It seems like the handle (not the one on the top) is a little longer than chafing dishes I have seen.  Also they seem to usually have some legs or something to raise it (for a heating element).

Just a thought. :)

bol
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DaydreamsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It's a bed warmer, meant for hot coals or bricks. Take a look at the views of this one here:

http://www.rubylane.com/shops/longacreantiques/item/401
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DaydreamsCommented:
Also the lion may be the Lion Passant, a British symbol of sterling:

http://www.onlinesterling.com/helpfulhints/sterling-hallmarks.htm

"On English silver, the lion passant (walking lion) is the symbol for sterling silver (925). "

Also, http://www.modernsilver.com/basichallmarks.htm
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Dd, that isn't a hallmark on there, that's some kind of ?family crest
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DaydreamsCommented:
>Dd, that isn't a hallmark on there

Ok but still this proves it's a bed warmer
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GUEENAuthor Commented:
OK I am sold on the bed warmer idea - I'll close this Q. tomorrow.  Thanks all.  
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DaydreamsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The lion design looks like the Rampant Lion:

http://www.gothicfantasy.com/shields/lionsil.html

The "..rampant lion shield is traditionally associated with Scottish Knights".

http://hometown.aol.co.uk/scottishgiftshop/LionRampant.html

http://www.tween-the-shadows.com/magick/symbols_magick/rampant_lion_scotland.php

"The Rampant Lion of Scotland was originally the emblem of William the Lion in the 12th century, during the years when Scotland was independent. Since that time the Scots have used the lion to proclaim pride in their nation."

Could be a coat of arms of Norway..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms_of_Norway

..or Bulgaria:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms_of_Bulgaria


Lions seem popular, maybe a more clear picture of the lion will give us a clue.
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moorhouselondonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
For future reference, this is how you're supposed to take the photo:-

http://triptronix.net/ishbadiddle/archives/2002/06/26/12.03.43/
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moorhouselondonCommented:
Whoops, I've just realized, this isn't the Lounge.
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Al JeeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It's a bed warmer.
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GUEENAuthor Commented:
I hope I got everyone!  MHL = LOLOL, you bad boy you!
Thanks everyone for the help.  
Strangest bed warmer I have ever seen!
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Al JeeCommented:
Thanks!
:-)
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b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
Your welcome!  Thanks for the fun question.

bol
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DaydreamsCommented:
Ty Shek:-)

Btw b0lsc0tt you do nice work in web dev.. you should drop by the lounge sometime! We don't bite.. much.
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b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
Daydreams - LOL. Thanks!  I appreciate the compliment.  I am not afraid of getting bitten (at least not very afraid) but I just don't know if I can learn another language (lizard spek). :D  With the official invite now I'll see what I can do. ;)

bol
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GUEENAuthor Commented:
I've looked through Kovals' and every silver book I could find and still have not located my stumpy bed warmer. It would be ironic if it turned out to be a butter warmer :)
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