This is a wonderful little piece that
dates to the Civil War, possibly a bit earlier. It is a tiny 1 inch brass case
that pulls apart to reveal a detailed tiny figure of St. Joseph holding a
tiny child sized Jesus. These pieces were
distributed to soldiers by the U.S. Sanitary Commission
during the Civil War. The piece
is small enough to fit in one's pocket, and brought comfort to the faithful.
The piece is in
good condition, with surface patina, some stains, on the brass and fine scratches as
one would expect, but no damage to the case or to the figure. The case
is just over 1 inch high, 1/2" wide and about 3/8" deep. The figure is 1
inch high, about 3/8" wide and about 1/4" deep. A very sweet and
sentimental antique religious piece.