This beautiful piece is a Victorian hair receiver. It is cut glass with a beautiful brass top. A hair receiver is a small pot, with a hole in the lid, kept on the dressing table in the Victorian era to store hair removed from brushes and combs. The hair was recycled in a number of ways—notably for stuffing small bags called ratts, used to bulk out women's hairstyles. Also used for Mourning pieces or celebration pieces made with human hair.
One of these was on every Victorian woman’s vanity