Inside the box are 10 colour pots, gold and silver shells (used), a water-glass, 10 ceramic saucers (one cracked), a pot of liquid gum (dry), a pot of enamel white (solid), some paint tubes (solid), gold paper, non-matching paintbrushes and the matching instruction sheet. Produced around 1870, the box would have been known as the guinea box and would have been used to illuminate written texts. This would have been a popular pastime in the victorian era when people would visit museums and libraries to study religious or medieval manuscripts. The mahogany wooden box is french polished and comes with a lock and key. Some of the black edging on the top of the box has been subject to restoration.When closed the box measures 27.2 cm wide, 20.1 cm deep and 5.8 cm tall. This item is made of wood and pigment, shell, metal.