This large box is a lap desk. I believe the wood is walnut. The outside is striking with its brass name plate, escutcheon, and lined edges. The inside has the green felt desk surface, also with brass edges. There are slops for ink wells and pens. The pen shelf is missing. There is a locking mechanism for the secret drawers. The cover for this is missing as well. There is a lock, but no key. The box measures 15 3/4" x 9 1/2" x 6". As you can see from the photos, one corner of brass is missing. There is a strip of veneer missing on one side. There is a crack in the bottom of the box. Sounds as if the box is in poor condition. However, it is in quite good condition taking in consideration it is over 150 years old.