Picture This CXXIX

I came across yet another coffre fort recently. Like the previous examples, this late seventeenth-century walnut, iron and brassbound coffre would have kept money and other valuables safe whilst its owner travelled.

By utilising a T-handled key (figure 1), two captive screws (figure 2) enable the strongbox to be secured to a chamber or cabin floor.

Fig. 1. Key engaged with captive screw. (John Beazor Antiques)

Fig. 2. Captive screw extending beneath the coffre. (John Beazor Antiques)

Jack Plane

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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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7 Responses to Picture This CXXIX

  1. bobbarnettpe says:

    Fascinating. What is the compartment in the lid.
    I am not sure how a hotel owner would feel about the screw holes left in the floor, if it was necessary to travel with it. I assume it mostly stayed at home.

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  2. Matthew Pease says:

    Nicely cross-veneered interior too. I don’t get how the ‘captive key’ works because the lid can’t close on it. Might it be more of of an awl to prepare a hole in the hotel room floor to take a couple of big countersunk screws?

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  3. stevenrey56 says:

    It would seem to me like a utilitarian type of strapping might not look like a valuable war chest. Interesting though.

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