This large letter box was possibly a lap desk at one time. The insides have been removed. Foil now lines the entire inner box. The box measures 11 1/2" x 8 1/2" x 5". There is an inlay shield of Mother-of-Pearl in the lid. There is a lock with MOP shield escutcheon, but no key. The hinges are good and original. There is an age crack across the lid and another in the base. This box dates to the 1880's.