It is a candle wick trimmer. the box is to capture all the black pieces of wicks of many candles, even the chandeliers had candles, each candle had to be trimmed after it had been burned because if relit it caused smoking. If the wick is trimmed of black soot, no smoke.
Thank You Ginny for mentioning in email last night today is St Patrick's Day. I had forgotten. Since I am STUCK on my day trip to the plantation, I decided to look for anything GREEN I took that day. The above photo is what Diane and I saw as we walked back to our car, I said Look, A DITCH. we hoofed it over there and started snapping. the following photos are some of what we found.
this certainly is GREEN
Perfecto! to my astonishment when I checked these photos I FOUND CLOVER and did not even remember it was there. How perfect is that? Click on photo to see the tiny purple flowers nestle up against the fallen log.
I researched to find the exact kind of clover this is and can not find it. I did find this info.
Which is the True Shamrock? Do you know that there is no such thing as a "Shamrock Plant"? The word shamrock comes from the Irish word "seamrog" meaning "little clover". However, there are hundreds of varieties of clover. The question is...what is the "Original Irish Shamrock"? No one can agree
enlarge this one to see the clover and if you want to identify it and let me know, here is one link I found.