This is an antique wooden coal scuttle or purdonium. It is a heavy wood box with a slanted hinged door and was used to hide the unsightliness of fireplace coal in the early 1900s. It is made of solid oak and could be used to keep newspapers and magazines, or could be used as a bread box. There are numerous used for this unusual box. The metal handle and knob appear to be cast iron. It lacks its original metal liner but that does not distract from its usefulness. The box is in good condition with a few nicks and scrapes common with 100 year old wood. The dimensions are: 12.5 inches high to the top of the handle, 17 inches deep and 12.5 inches wide.