17th Century Wrought Iron Armada Chest with Original Key

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Item #CC-0438 | 17th Century Wrought Iron Armada Chest with Original Key
Country of Origin: Nuremburg, Germany
Composition: Wrought Iron
Dimensions: Lid- 30″ wide, Body- 28.5″, Height- 15.5″, Width- 14.25″
Condition: Great

Description: This is a wonderful surviving example of a 17th century wrought iron armada chest made in Nuremburg, Germany. These chests got their name from their popularity with the Spanish Empire. The Spanish used these chests on a great many of their ships they sent to the New World and back. Often times, chests like these were filled with gold and silver treasure plundered from across the New World. Additionally, chests like these were used by wealthy individuals to store their valuables before centralized banking became prominent around the world.

This chest boasts a beautiful exterior that is original and still showing signs of the paint that once adorned it. In addition, this chest shows signs of pitting that is consistent with a chest frequently used on a ship out at sea. The front of the chest has its original hasps and false key hole cover. The locking mechanism beneath the lid is original and in fully working order. The escutcheon plate covering the locking mechanism is in wonderful condition with engraved filigree markings.   The interior of the chest has the original red paint inside. The lid rest arm is fully functional and supports the weight of the lid well. The interior box opens nicely, but is missing original key and lock mechanism. The lid key to the chest is the original for this chest and works perfectly to open the chest with ease. If you look at the interior floor of the chest, you will note two holes. These were made as a way of securing the chest to the deck of a ship to prevent theft and falling over in rough seas. This is a rare specimen of slightly smaller size and weight that will make a perfect addition to any collection.

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