I acquired this object in a tacky gift exchange earlier this month. It looks like a bad imitation of a Fabergé egg. It has some heft to it, so I suspect it is meant to be a paperweight. The gift exchange was played like the game “Greed,” where everyone who brings a gift is given a number. The numbers are called out in order. The first person opens one of the gifts, and everyone else has the choice of opening a new gift or stealing a gift already which is already opened. If your gift is stolen, you can steal someone else’s. And on it goes until all gifts have been opened.
No one wanted to steal this from me, even when I tried to convince people that it was the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, from the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” After a while, I convinced myself, and so I made peace with the realization that I would be taking it home with me. Bob had better luck, and ended up with a nice set of outhouse salt and pepper shakers that he donated to my collection of Salt and Pepper Shakers I’ll Never Use.
This paperweight is not what I would call a tacky treasure, but it motivated me to look for a clip from the movie on YouTube. Enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOrgLj9lOwk