Why do I think it is Irish? Because the Irish glass houses went in for hob-nail cutting and 90% steps like this in a big way - they are famous for it.
Why do I think it's for pepper and not salt? Because salt was coarser then, most of the time, and was served in little, open, boat-shaped dishes called (funnily enough) 'salts'. If it were larger (it's only about 2.5 inches high) then I might have believed the seller when he described it as a 'pounce' pot. If you don't know, 'pounce' was a dry powder (usually ground cuttle-fish bone) made to absorb wet ink on documents like blotting paper.
Cute, isn't it? It was a cute price too - £5 plus postage, so it didn't break the bank.
Re the title of this post, there was once a competition in an American magazine to create a title for a TV documentary which would be most likely to get everyone switching off or changing channels. The winner was: "Canada - Sleeping Giant of the North". Genius.
Ok, school's out. You can go outside and play now...