I recently acquired this "whatsit" and it definitely has me a bit puzzled.
The materials and techniques place it firmly in the Victorian or perhaps Edwardian era. It is crocheted of red wool with a woven trim tacked about 1 1/2" from the edge. This trim includes a chenille fringe or tails that have been woven into the fringe.
None of this would be too terribly puzzling, except it is obviously not intended to lay flat:
But instead is designed to go over something domed - here it is on an upsidedown stainless bowl, approximately 16" across and and 5" deep:
My first thought was a cover for a glass lampshade of some kind, but it just doesn't seem likely, as there is no central hole to allow venting of the heat/fumes, as is typical for lighting of the era.
So any ideas???