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17th Century Iron Bound Joined Oak Coffer

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17th Century Iron Bound Joined Oak Coffer

SHORT DESCRIPTION
With original bold carvings and an excellent colour, an unusual 17th Century joined oak coffer with four fielded and carved panels
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DIMENSIONS
58 inches wide, 21.5 inches deep and 28 inches high. With lid open the height is 50 inches. For metric please multiply by 2.5
DATED
c. 1650

 
FULL DESCRIPTION
With original bold carvings and an excellent colour, an unusual 17th Century joined oak coffer with four fielded and carved panels centred by large losenges with geometric and foliate carved borders and a punched decoration of opposing arrow heads. The arrowheads repeated to the bottom rail.

Retaining tall stile feet and original carved spandrels, the coffer has early hand forged iron bandings replacing the original strap hinges with three large hasps. Inset in the top of the front panel, are two original iron lock plates with rivetted fixings with the snibs now lost.

Large carved coffers such as this were important personal pieces of furniture in the 16th and early 17th centuries, often they doubled as dining tables and their flat lids could be laid with a mattress as a bed for the owner - sleeping soundly on top of their most prized worldly possessions!

Heavy and solid with no loose joints, significant losses or worm. Early motifs in the unusual scrolling flatwork to the frieze and U-gouge strapwork. Peg jointed throughout, lid rises smoothly and closes properly. Wooden supports added beneath lid - commonly seen and 19th century.

A useful and substantial piece of usable furniture and a good large early oak coffer c. 1650, made in the North East of England, with a lovely natural colour and substantial early iron bindings.


Dimensions are:

58 inches wide, 21.5 inches deep and 28 inches high. With lid open the height is 50 inches.

For metric please multiply by 2.5