One of the things I love most about old folk carved whimsies is that even when representing fairly common forms -- chain links, or balls in cages--they show infinite variety and reflect the skill and personality of their maker. This is the first one I've seen where the form inside the "cage" has a flattish bottom and a little carved handle on one side, and if you peer inside you can see its rounded shoulders with the shape of a little cork or plug at top! Pretty fun--with a bit of a 'break in the case of emergency' sensibility. The nice round bulb top is pretty nice too, easy to grab like a handle and good in the hand.
Carved of pine I believe and quite old--aging and darkening to the wood, which I think just make it better; no major chips or cracks. 4" t x 1 1/4" x 1 1/4".