About 5 inches wide, 4 inches deep and 2.5 inches high. Made from mahogany or a similar hardwood. It has fancy ivory inlays on all sides and a surface condition (patina) that suggests an age of 100 years or older.
The top is actually attached to a smaller, inner box that lifts to reveal a 3.5" by 3/8" slot and a chamber inside. When lifted up and slightly to the side, the inner box sits up and stays there. I cannot separate the two pieces, and can find no puzzle pieces or secret panels
There is no odor or dust inside, nor any marks or initials on the base.
There are wear marks at the ends on the slot.
Last month, I bought a tomato plant of an experimental hybrid called "Hungry Iguana." I get my seedlings from DeBaggio's Herb Farm in Chantilly, Virginia. They have a huge selection of new and unusual varieties that usually do well in my garden. This one is starting to concern me....
Today I saw the title of this post on the tee shirt of an eighth grader at my daughter's school. It is very sarcastic. It also says more than I really want to think about right now. Let us all work in the garden this weekend. Ciao.