Ceramic Black Panther Sighting!

Have been cruising through the Shorpy.com site, really enjoying the old photos from the 1860's on. The owner of the site throws in some great pics from his family collection every now and then and I just now came across a photo from 1960 and the captions asks, "...perhaps someone might know what the black thing on the table is?" and of course, I knew right away!!

I think I am addicted to Shorpy.com.

More: From the comments: They sell reproductions on Amazon! My original is much better and has a great story.