This wonderful box measures 11" x 13" x 5". The wood has a gorgeous honey color with distinct wood grain. There is an inlay wood striped border on the lid. The box has a working lock and key. Wine velvet lines the inside of the box. I would guess that this box was originally a lap desk. Now it could serve as a letter box. Wood characteristically shrinks with age. The wood on the lid has done that and formed a crack with the grain. The box is English. The box displays beautifully.