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weighs 5 #
Made & filled with a a non Ferris grey metal (when scratched it is hard and shows a silver color )
the hole at the bottom of the top “cup” leads to a hollow bottom “cup”
i suspect with the silver work on the inside of the top cup and the hole it may have held a clear object
bottom white writing in white ink 269 & LGE
This is most likely made as a candle holder and the candle fits into the hole in the center of the cup; this possibly was made in India. fyi when you're creating a post it's much easier to add your several photos directly to your post page. Doing that viewers can see all of your photos on your post page -- without having to click on each separate link and then each time have to leave that single photo to return to your post. To add photos to your post you simply need to click on the square "image" icon which is directly above the horizontal bar which shows the various types and sizes of fonts. When you click on the icon a window opens where you can select and add multiple photos (one at a time) from your computer.
Thanks for the info on the Photos Mark and I have use this as a candle holder but I don’t like to light the candle because I don’t want to deal with the wax cleaned up all over the silver I still am wondering why it’s so heavy.
I agree with Mark that it's probably from India, but it could be something other than a candle holder because of the wax problem. Also the hole for the candle is too big and appears to be quite deep.
The base has cement in it which serves two purposes. It kept it from tipping over and kept it in one place. I suspect it was cemented to a stand or post or plinth. If so the hole housed an insert for an oil or kerosene lamp.
Or an insert for the burning of incense. Called a censer.
Or an insert for a water pipe, aka as a hooka, or hoqqa.
There are several examples of each suggestion on line. Without the missing parts it's actual use is unknown. Most bell-shapped (you call it cup shape) are sterling silver, or inlaid silver. You should have the metal tested.