I found this "pouncer" at a flea market in Copenhagen. At the time when I picked it up, I thought it was a frog or a holder for hat pins. The vendor explained how it was used... Fill it with sand (or ground cuttlefish bone), to use with pen and ink. I had to have it! Not only does the design scream, Denmark, as an artist it had to come home with me.
After returning home from my trip I discovered a surprise in my photos from the Nordic Museum in Stockholm! I had taken pictures of a display of nibs and a sand jar! Silly me, I guess I was suffering from creative image overload. Is that a thing?