A Wonderful Small Steel Jewellery or Bullion Treasure Chest/Casket
A Wonderful Small and Rare Antique Steel Jewelry or Bullion Treasure Chest/Casket, circa. 17th-early 18th century.
Measures; 5.5" wide X 3" deep X 3.5" high.
Formed in a small rectangular box, w/single handle attached to the top of the lid. The interior is lined with a type of velvet material. The lid attached w/two iron hinges and containing the complex lock mechanism, accessed with a single key, the hole for which was concealed beneath a movable cover (now missing). Decorated over all the outside surfaces with original period paint (some loses). The interior lock mechanism throws 2 bolts at the turn of the key. Original key. A fantastic specimen in good working order.
Note; Similar examples are preserved at the Ironwork Gallery of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.