A very interesting piece of Americana, probably dating from the mid to 1880s. The iron shaft of the wax seal / stencil is fastened to a curved piece of wood. Did it beginning its life this way, not sure, as it may be a "make do" piece. The sealer was found with a large box of many early textiles, some dating about 1830. Was the usage for sealing letters or was it a stencil for linens? The metal base is decorated with a flora and leaf design. which I believe to be brass. BROOK is engraved on one side of the metal shaft. The wooden handle is a worn surface of many shade of paint. Knife cuts in the wood, at the base of the handle entirely around the lower surface.
The sealer or stencil measures 4" tall x 3-1/2" circumference around the base of the wood. Iron shaft is 1-3/8" long. Sealer or stencil is 5/8" across.
A neat primitive piece.