In Spain, Mexico and throughout much of the Americas the colloquial word 'chulada' is often used to describe something gorgeous, sexy or wonderful. This is the same word that many would use to describe this 18th century iron mounted leather petaca - 'que chulada'!
While standard sized petacas were used for travel and transport purposes the diminutive scale of this piece would suggest it was used for the storage and safekeeping of cocoa, as many were. It is made entirely of rawhide with smaller rawhide strips woven in x shaped patterns.The supple suede like lined interior is original and completely intact. The strap hinges, hasp, lock-plate and key are made entirely of hand forged and hand wrought iron, also all original. Turning the key in a clockwise rotation will throw the latch mechanism to successfully engage with the hasp.
The depth of the surface patina manifested in this petaca is matched only by the depth of it's character. It is truly one-of-a-kind. Mexico. Circa 1750.
Dimensions: approximately 4.5 inches x 3 inches x 3.25 inches.
Condition notes: in original, pristine
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