The space below, where coals would be placed, perhaps could be used for storing some small objects. The brass sad iron is in very good vintage condition with patina of age. The wood handle has taken a few knocks, and has some splits in it, but is still strong. High: 6.2 / 15.8 cm.Long: 6.5 / 16 cm. I have over 700 items in my shop please take a look. This item is made of art nouveau style brass coal iron.