I’m sure this lace is machine made, but the embroidery is by hand.
I assume this little guy was made to hold cedar chips or something similar. The opening is too small to hold a bar of soap so it must have been for potpourri or something similar.
My first instinct was that it was a turtle, but his tail is pretty long for that so maybe he’s an alligator!
Although I can’t imagine I’ll ever crochet any of these, I can’t resist the pattern books when I run across them.