This is an extra large Circa 1690 European Kingwood And Brass Mounted Strong Box or Coffre-Fort. An important relic that is as versatile as it is beautiful. This particular English lock box boasts exceptional quality and is well worn (see pics). The inside lid hiding compartment lid is missing as well as one of the slide up small inserts. Also known as a Travelers chest, a sturdy lock box such as this would have protected one's valuables on a ship and/or during travel in a horse drawn coach. This box having the screw down fasteners built in on the right and left sides when you lift the lid, indicates it is circa 1690s. The front of the box rests on brass hinges, allowing the user to open the case at both the top and the front to expose a couple of secret compartments, offering the ultimate clandestine protection for one’s most prize possessions. As ornamental as it is functional, the box is secured by beautifully crafted decorative brass bands, while two handles on the box’s side allow for easy transportation. Although found throughout the continent, strong boxes such as this one were found in greater numbers in England than anywhere else. While many were made in London between 1640 and 1725, very few of this type have survived and are becoming increasingly rare. Priced with condition in mind. The last two pictures show this box as well as a few others we currently have in stock and are sold separately .
Measures Overall: 10 1/2” high x 16 1/2” wide x 10 1/2” deep.
Exlarge c1690 Kingwood And Brass Mounted Strong Box or Coffre-Fort