A 15th Century Ironbound Ship’s Chest
This 15th century ship’s chest is covered in decorative ironwork depicting human and mythical faces along with incised scrollwork. The tapering and shallowing shape is indicative of this chest taking the form and being seated in the hull of a ship or boat.
The lifting lid hinged in the centre and at the rear conceals two compartments - the latter of which is secured by the original working lock.
Only a few examples remain with the oak still in tact but remnants of similar ironbound metalwork have been recovered from early wrecks during archaeological excavation. Not to be confused with a stagecoach chest which is similar in design but more regular in proportions.
Width: 24.00 inches (front top)
Width: 19.50 inches (front bottom)
Width: 16.50 inches (rear top)
Width: 12.00 inches (rear bottom)
Height: 11.50 inches
Depth: 22.00 inches
Price on application