This interesting sterling patch pot is in excellent condition. There are no dings or dents to this piece.I'm not sure if the exact use of it. My first thought was to hold a lit cigarette and the pot was used as a portable ash tray but I'm not really sure. The enameled hinged lid opens and closes perfectly and snaps tight. The sides have an interesting etched leaf design. This piece is 1 3/4" in diameter and 1" tall. Inside on the bottom is the Italian mark and city mark for Venezia (Venice), Italy and 925. This piece weighs 17.6 grams.