Well, faithful readers, what is it? Your guesses included an ashtray, incense burner, candle holder & bird feeder. I thought it was a string holder. It took a lot of google searching with lots of different keywords to finally find it -- and we were ALL WRONG! It's a Red Wing Pottery hanging planter. I NEVER would have guessed that -- especially since it didn't have any drainage holes.
I still think it makes a great string holder and think I'll suggest that when I list it on Etsy. Look at how good it looks with string:
Thanks for guessing! It seems that there's ALWAYS something new to learn!