The top has a colorful hard plastic flower that is just a smidgen off center but is firmly attached to the lid. Could also be used as a jewelry or trinket box, hold cotton balls or hair elastics. The bakelite does not have any cracks or chips, there are striation lines on the sides of the base consistent with aging of this type of plastic (see photo # 6).
It actually adds to it's charm. Please zoom on each photo to inspect closely. Measurements: the lid is 4 1/2 inches in diameter, the base is 4 1/4 inches in diameter and the flower is 2 1/2 inches.This item is made of bakelite plastic.