A Wonderful Small Steel Jewelry, Coin or Bullion Treasure Chest/Casket
A Wonderful Small and Rare Antique Steel Jewelry, Coin or Bullion Treasure Chest/Casket, circa. 16th-17th century.
Measures; 9.5" wide X 4.5" deep X 5.5" high.
Formed in a rectangular box, with carry handles attached to both sides. The lid is attached with three iron hinges and containing the complex lock mechanism, accessed with a single key, the hole for which was concealed beneath a movable cover. The interior lock mechanism throws 2 bolts at the turn of the key. Replacement key. The steel has areas of de-lamination. A fantastic specimen in good working order.
Note; This example has been cleaned in the past and exhibits rust pitting and age patina. One of the bun feet is missing.
Similar examples are preserved at the Ironwork Gallery of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Consignment: DR 2019