This 18th century black leather coffer is decorated with small studs, iron hinges, lock-plate and hasp. The inside is lined with newspaper that has been overprinted with a unifying design. Inside is the trade cade for the maker, Seabrook. This company, previously Clements, was amongst a group of revered trunk-makers with establishments near St Paul’s Cathedral in London, and a Saturday night toast made reference to them so they were presumably considered of high status at the time. This firm was active from the mid-18th to the mid-19th century but it is considered that this trade label would be late-18th century and a similar trade card is held by the Trustees of the British Museum. This fascinating trunk was clearly made by Seabrook which adds to its appeal and importance. The trademark in the interior and the lining is in good condition. The black leather is lifting in a few areas but this would be totally consistent with its age and use. There is a key within the trunk but this does not appear to fit the lock. This very early item, with its fascinating associations, would make a great addition to a collection of truly antique items, or it could be used, with care, for storage of treasures. Measures 15 ins (38 cm) x 8.5 ins (21.5cm) x 7 ins (17.7cm). Weight 2254 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 50. Insured Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $81.00 USD - with no tracking is cheaper. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
Georgian Dome-topped Seabrook Leather Coffer, c1800
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