There are two old crack repairs done to the top of the box. It is no longer cracked but you can see the seam. There are five small compartments that suppose to store pens, ink bottles, etc.All the lids are there. There are some nicks on three of the lids tiny handles commensurate with age. The green felt writing slope is so clean! The compartment under the writing surface has a hole. I think that is because many of these writing desk has hidden compartments. One of the owners I history probably wonder whether there are some treasures hidden underneath. The side of the box also has a brass handled side drawer, which is dovetailed in construction. The bottom board of the box looks really old, also has old nails in it. There is an original key. But it does not seem to function properly. I cannot get it to turn. Maybe it is broken, but maybe it just needs some oil and messing around. Since it closes properly without the key, I dont want to try too hard. It measures 20 by 11 at the top and 7 tall. I would not let it go if you are not willing to pay for its full value. Antique 19th C Solid Mahogany Traveling Lap Desk Writing Box With Key" is in sale since Saturday, May 22, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Boxes, Jars & Tins". The seller is "marblemill" and is located in Townshend, Vermont. This item can be shipped to United States.