Additional Examples of Maritime Case Furniture – Redux

Further to this comment I made in Additional Examples of Maritime Case Furniture, James Peill, the Curator of the Goodwood Collection at Goodwood House in West Sussex, very kindly sent me some images of the coffre fort in their collection (figure 1).

Fig. 1. The Goodwood brassbound wooden coffre fort. (James Peill)

The coffre bears two labels, of differing antiquity, citing Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Edward Stuart, grandson of James II) as its onetime owner. What is certain is the coffre did come from Gordon Castle, the Scottish seat of the Dukes of Gordon and thence by descent to the Dukes of Richmond (Goodwood House was the principal seat of the 5th Duke of Richmond).

Whoever the strongbox originally belonged to, its decoration tells us it would have been the property of a wealthy individual and used to safeguard money, jewels and other personal valuables when travelling over land or sea.

Once unlocked, the lid and front panel hinge open to reveal a till and two drawers (figure 2).

Fig. 2. The unlocked coffre. (James Peill)

As an added impediment to thieves, the coffre would have been anchored to a wooden floor/deck by means of two captive screws, one in each end of the box (figures 2 & 3).

Fig. 3. Triangular head of captive screw. (James Peill)

Fig. 4. Iron key for turning captive screws. (James Peill)

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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2 Responses to Additional Examples of Maritime Case Furniture – Redux

  1. Eric R says:

    Quite a nice piece indeed.
    Thanks Jack Plane.


  2. Pingback: Additional Examples of Maritime Case Furniture – Redux – the Second | Pegs and 'Tails

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