This item is an ornate BRASS SHOE SNUFF. It is a lovely piece with enormously detailed work. The engravings are very Victorian subjects of feathers and scrolls and are mirrored on both sides. The top of the shoe features an applied brass bow as well. The top pops open to reveal the receptacle for the snuff. It releases by pressing the small button on the back of the shoe. Overall, the snuff measures 3 3/4" long and 1 1/4"wide.