I mean, I guess we could play an extended version of "guess what this is. . . " in the comment section. But, since the solution is a wee bit clouded in mystery - we would never know which of you had come up with the correct answer.
So let's start with some facts. It was made in Scotland in the mid-to-late 1800's. It is marked with "McPherson" to signify the tartan in which it is covered. It is approximately 3 inches tall. Its diameter is approximately 1 3/4 inches. It opens. And it has a small receptacle on its top.
Well - there are actually two common answers to its name and use. And I find both madly romantic.
"Since matches were essential to the Victorian home, makers
assembled a wide assortment of match containers. Some were no more
than novelty matchboxes serving no additional purpose, while others
incorporated a bone holder for an individual match.
Called "go to beds," this type could serve as a candle
providing light just long enough to get into bed.
Often their true purpose, however, was to melt
sealing wax without burning the fingers."
So whether you need to scurry across a darkened room to your canopy bed - guided by the light of a single candle - or just need to seal love letters from prying eyes - you are all set.
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