Northeast America, ca. 1840. Appears to be pine and poplar. Cut nail joinery, robustly made. Excellent paint. Quite striking original red and black painted squares and rectangles, the red paint, depending on lighting, tending toward bittersweet. Well used as evidenced by the authetic period wear around the thumb hold, indicating frequent usage, perhaps for candles or spices. Nice complement to a gameboard collection. About 10 3/4 inches long x 3 1/2 wide x 3 1/8 tall.