This item sold on May 12, 2012.
I'm not quite sure what this was used for previously. I think it may have possibly been an insert for something larger. An ashtray for an old car perhaps? It has a lovely decorative lid that closes at the front with a clasp. Finish is worn but the brass has a gorgeous patina to it. Measures 2.5" across by 1.75" tall by 0.5" deep.