There are two escutcheons, one on the lid, and one at the key hole. Each escutcheons (ornamental plates) are surrounded by bands of inlay wood using different pieces of burr walnut. The lock is in working order, and the key is included. The box measures 11 3/4 inches wide, 8 3/4 inches deep and 6 inches high.
The writing box opens in three sections. The underside of the lid is lined with blue velvet. The box opens fully showing a full writing surface covered with green leather. The upper section of the writing slope opens revealing a space for storage of writing materials. The writing desk is fitted with ink bottles, and a pen tray.
I just received one of the most beautiful burl (or burr) wood boxes I've ever laid eyes upon. I started out looking just for a dresser box, but I somehow ended up with this beautiful English writing desk. It's just gorgeous. Pay close attention to the craftsmanship, and I'm just astonished of the detail in the woodwork.