The Victorian Paper Mache items are so lovely with the gilded decoration highlighted with Mother-of-pearl. The album has a tooled leather spine and a brass clasp. The back is paper mâché with gilded decoration. The pages inside the album accommodate Carte-de-visite sized photo. The album measures 6 1/4" x 4 3/4". There are 20 cardboard pages which would hold 40 photographs. There is an index page in front. The problem is that a group of pages have pulled away from the spine. I started to do an amateur repair, but thought better. A librarian could do a much better repair. I do not believe this album ever held photographs. The openings have no tears. There is some darkening of the pages due to age. Love this item.