Bed warming pan, 18th or early 19th century. Fill the pan bowl with hot coals from your fireplace. Then place the pan between the sheets in a sliding motion to warm them briefly. Never a cold bed!
The turned handle is American, painted black. The pans were imported in the 18th and early 19th centuries from Birmingham, England. Often the lids are decorated¬† as is this one, with florets. Ht. 47″. $125.