This was a new one for me, prior to stumbling across this item i met all my sealing wax needs by dripping wax. A coil of wax on a stringer feeds into a tube to be heated for sealing. It stands 10 1/2'' tall and is 9 1/2'' across. I believe it's wrought iron. I'm not certain about the age, I'd guess it to be 20th century. This, however is only my best guess. It's in usable condition. It could use a shot of WD-40 to looses the stringer and make it turn easier.