Please Help Me Solve A Mystery

Internet, I need your help.

See this little turkey thingy?  (Or maybe it’s a chicken thingy.  I don’t know.  I’m not a birdologist or whatever.  Sheesh.)

This is part of my vast collection of family dishes and assorted serving pieces.  I have inherited the entire collection from my family—two full china cabinets’ worth.  Unfortunately, I haven’t inherited the story of who owned what and when.  In the case of this poor little chicken/turkey/bird of unspecified species container thing, I don’t even know what it’s supposed to be.  I’ve been able to google the characteristics of some of my items and determine when they were made (and by extension which relative would have owned them).  But not this thing.  This is my mystery piece.

It’s about two inches long.  It has no identifying characteristics—no lettering on the bottom or anything like that.

The top comes off.  It’s not big enough to hold anything of use, other than maybe a small pat of butter or 2-3 individual cranberries.  It’s not big enough to hold an egg (I tried).

It was originally clear; the amber coloring you see is where the bottom cracked in two and was glued back together (long before my time).

Anybody have a clue as to what something like this would have been used for or when it was made?  Do you have this bird’s brethren in your collection of old stuff?

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