This receptacle is held over a flame (usually castor oil) so that the soot particles collect on the silver.
That soot is then used as kohl.
Used in homes until the mid-1960s in an era when everything one consumed was home made.
Rare - such items cannot be found any longer with any silver shop at any price.
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user.Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections.Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.
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