This is a great display piece, I think small dolls or pincushion dolls or any small items you want to show would be great on the shelf. It may have had another shelf halfway up as there is a line there but I am not sure. It has a mirrored back and does need some repair to the fancy gold trim but is very unusual. A little paint on the inside edge would freshen it up a bit or even some antique wall paper, if you like the "shabby chic" look it is fine. It is 15" by 13", the shelf is 9" long and 3 1/4" deep.