Early 16th Century Coin Chest
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An early 16th century coin chest of heavy duty construction, made from thick cut oak planks and standing on chunky stiles. The single plank top having cleated ends with ironwork and four coin depositories, at either end of the top is two iron straps with a single large hole in each of them, these would have originally had large screw locks that threaded through the lid into the base. interestingly there is also old graffiti carved in the lid from the centuries and old dates 1775 , 1610 and the word Tron, there are also some indecipherable words. The chest lid lifts up to reveal the untouched interior of four compartments which the coins would have been held. The original hinges are still present, however one of the locks is missing and there is no key for the existing lock. There has been some rot and wood worm, along with restorations to the chest commiserate with age but overall it is in excellent condition.
Youngs Antiques has clarified that the Early 16th Century Coin Chest (LA315839) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 16th century
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