The dark green exterior has an excellent patina with great tonality. Iron strapping and bolts with high peaks add both strength and an even better look to the piece. The chest includes both original keys which is rare for something of this age. A fancy escutcheon sits on the face, luring potential thieves to waste time on the false lock it decorates. On either side are large vertical iron hasps which would allow for two additional padlocks. The real lock sits hidden under an iron swivel plate in the center of the lid. Heavy twisted iron beckets at each end had to have been hand-forged by a master iron smith.
The interior of the chest holds another locked compartment for items of even greater value for which we also have the original key. The interior bolted locking mechanism is covered by an intricate scroll-cut panel that allows one to peek through and view its workings. A great looking piece.
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