This is a 19th century lignum vitae Go To Bed or protective match box. The top unscrews for storage of matches. The base is concave underneath where a piece of striker/glass paper would have been inserted to light the matches.


It measures 7.5cm h x 3.5cm w.

A match could be placed into a boss in the lid and would give enough light to go to bed hence the name. They were also used  as desk items for lighting wax sticks for sealing letters.

Antique Treen Go To Bed