The original design of this toothpick holder was patented in 1947. They were marketed in the 1940s and 1950s. It is cast metal. The base appears to be brass and the woodpecker is possibly iron, but they could both be pot metal. As you can see in the photos, this example is in very good shape. The paint is flaked a bit on the head, where you push it down into the toothpicks, but the rest of the paint is excellent. Both pins (that pick up the toothpick) are still present and sharp. The spring is strong and crisp. We've had several of these, and this is an excellent example.