This very beautiful strog chest in clad and riveted iron features its original polychromy with motifs of flowers, landscapes and boats.
It has a complex locking mechanism activated by a single turn of the key, a 7 point lock system hidden under the lid by a pierced and perforated plate.
Inside the box is an additional lockable safety compartment.
It has two large side lifitng handles. Two hasp rings on the front can accommodate a padlocked bar for enhanced security.
The two locks work and are provided with their key.
Late 17th century
Nuremberg, South Germany
Dimensions: h. 45 cm, l. 94 cm, p. 50 cm.
Nuremberg chests known as sea chests or money chests were used by army treasurers as mobile safes, or by captains and merchants on board ships where they performed the same function. They are particularly appreciated for the aesthetic beauty of their locks, which illustrate the desire to create a tamper-proof system while associating it with harmony and elegance.