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).
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).
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).