This is a sugar basin as used in the coffee trick. In this trick the magician shows that a coffee pot, milk jug and sugar basin are empty. Then, using a little magic, the pot fills with coffee, the jug with milk and the basin with sugar. The hot drink can then be shared with the audience. This was given to John Davenport by Alf Looker in 1983. Alf said he bought it at Davenports in 1935. For the complete trick see Ref. no. N235.