I love looking at eBay and discovering things I never even knew existed. Like posy rings, which I assume are for displaying flowers like this. But who knows, maybe I've got it all wrong and you are supposed fill them with pot pourri or sweets or marbles or something. Or maybe they are dog bowls for dogs on a diet.
I use mine this way, though. It's very useful as it means you can put flowers on the table and still carry on a conversation without having to dodge tall flowers in tall vases.
The marigolds are from the garden; they are positively glowing at the moment. The posy ring was made by SylvaC, and I would guess it's 1930s.