This is a nice piece of treen, used to hold books. Hinged on both sides it can fold down when not in use. It's pretty old with nice gold decoration on each side. Hinges are original and there is only minor scraping on the sides. Sometimes these are expandable but this is one length, about 14 1/2 inches long by 4 1/2 inches wide. I would say Victorian but I don't know the wood - pretty dark, perhaps mahogany. The books shown are not included.