It can be removed if needed. These cool old pieces were used to contain and elevate the fireplace wood or coal to allow fire flow beneath. The black cast iron has small areas of some gold paint. It isn't clear if this piece was gold originally or painted gold at some point.
At this time only small areas have some remnants of gold paint. Height to top of back 12.5. Height to top of front 9.5. The item "VTG Cast Iron Fireplace Coal Box Wood Box-Ornate Front Design" is in sale since Tuesday, June 23, 2020.This item is in the category "Antiques\Architectural & Garden\Fireplaces, Mantels & Fireplace Accessories". The seller is "kathleenstreasureemporium" and is located in Lawrenceville, Georgia. This item can be shipped to United States.