This is undoubtedly one of the most appealing camel antiques in our collection. it is quite old or antique. It is cast iron with original gold paint and even the natural wear of years called patina. It has not been cleaned, as we hesitate to clean any of the antique cast iron that we collect.It's a beautiful figural ashtray-- check the detail in our photo-- in the shape of a camel with a metal place on top of his hump for a book of matches. The darkness in the first photo showing wear when used is somewhat exagerrated by our lighting-- I don't think it is actually that dark. This is big enough to hold cigar or cigarette ashes, but we never used it for that. We used it as a pin tray for Victorian jewelry and trinkets, and indeed can still be used as that. It is in very good original condition with no chips or cracks. It is 6 and 1/2 inches wide by 5 and 1/2 inches by 4 inches high to the top of the matchbox holder. We will wrap carefully and insure. Insurance included in shipping fee. We have many antique wonders for you in our eBay Store. We specialize in antique art pottery such as Majolica, along with many other appealing bibelots!