|Davenport (1794-1887) 21 inch by 16 inch platter, ca. 1825 (notice the snake/worm on the left).|
It is also said that the snake or worm is a handle on the vase. It should be remembered that patterns are not necessarily representational. They can be subject to the whim of the original artist or engraver. The animals could be handles, but are not centered, and look a bit frail for a handle.
|Davenport 8.25 inch plate (notice two snake/worm "handles").|
|Davenport water jug (notice the snake/worm on the left).|
What do you think?