Japanese keepsake box
It’s a box. With a simple wood lock system. Walnut, with some paduk inlays and tapered legs.
Here is a closer look at the key/lock:
It’s basically just splined miter joints and dowels for the handle. It’s not the strongest, but after a lot of sanding and some boiled linseed oil it looks pretty. I’ll likely shove some papers in it, promptly forget about them, and then place the box in a closet for the next 7 or 8 months. After which, this box will be a pleasant surprise to stumble across.
Until I open it and realize my lender did send me that bill after all. Sorry Debra from the credit union, you were right all along.