A 17th century Flemish made iron strongbox with sophisticated locking mechanism together with the original key. Retaining much of the original hand painted surface, the provincial charm of this piece is manifested in the vignette on the obverse face and the colorful geometric patterning on the reverse.
Locking or unlocking the box requires the key to be turned in a 1/4 clockwise rotation, effectively engaging or disengaging the deadbolt by throwing six bolts together with a series of corresponding driver pins. The sound of pins striking bolts, each snapping firmly into place, is confirmation of a successful operation.
Raised on molded bracket feet, the box is made of six thick iron panels, which are further reinforced by sturdy iron straps, corner brackets and iron studs. The side panels feature carrying handles, each mounted firmly to a pierced rosette.
Documents and private papers are recorded as being kept in strong boxes, which were also used to safeguard items of personal value. They are commonly used today as safes.
Dimensions: 16 inches wide x 10 inches deep x 12 inches high.
Condition notes: In overall excellent, original working condition. Lock in full working order. Minor paint loss.
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