This unique match holder dates around the end of the 19th century. It has a beautiful turned wood cup with an ebonized finish and an ornate cast iron stand which is also black; the two are held together by a screw-on nut. These match holders were used in most homes of the period since lighting was primarily by gas, oil, or kerosene. Today they make handy receptacles for many items other than matches, such as the set of dice, which are included in the package. The match holder is 3 3/4" tall and 2 3/4" diameter at the widest point, and is in great condition for it's age.