Trunks are one of the oldest types of furniture still in existence today. They can be found dating back many centuries and come in various styles and shapes. This piece is a very nice example of a French "Malle" or travelling trunk from the 1600s. This beautiful leather domed trunk has been decorated with intricately designed brass nails, all varying in shape, design, and size. Since the Fleur De Lys was the emblem of French Royalty and Nobility, many artifacts bearing the symbol were destroyed during the Revolution. This trunk has survived through the centuries very well, and is in very good antique condition. It is richly adorned with Fleur De Lys designs in the nailhead work and the hardware.
The designs that the nailheads make up are a flower basket with tulips, scrolls, of course fleur de lys, Celtic knots and more. The brass hardware is original to the piece. The ornate handle of the top portion, depicts a female mask with crown. The magnificent brass lock is a Royal open crown with a fleur de lis at the center. Two mermaids flank the scrolled key opening with original key, which is quite rare. Both sides of the trunk are decorated with nailheads in four fleur de lys designs around a notched double banded design. The iron handles are hand forged and are original to the trunk. Cedar lining has been added to the inside at a later date. It is said that the domed portion of the trunk was made so that when traveling, if it were raining, the water would slide off the top.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition; old restorations to leather, missing nailheads, rubs and minor losses to leather.
H=23 1/2, L=47 (including handles), D=22 5/8