This is a special form of besomim
container used in the Polish lands. Its small size and shape are said
to make it convenient as a portable container for the Jew who traveled
and was not at home for havdalah. The shape is known as the "pear
form." The use of decorative animal motifs rendered by the piercing
of the silver, especially that of the squirrel, point to Galicia as the
area of origin.