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Ebony Veneered Captain's Chest or Strong Box 'Coffre Fort', 17th Century



A strongbox was a type of travelling chest and these types of boxes were more common in England than anywhere else where they were fabricated between 1660 and 1720. The earliest proof of an existing strongbox has been found on the inventory list of Edward Traherne, a renowned joiner and cabinet-maker who died in London in 1675. Flanders or France, late 17th/early 18th century Behind the fall front three drawers, on the underside of the lid, behind a flap a space for small letters, with long screws in the side panels to be fixed on a table, for stability or against thieves, part ebonized and ebony. Measures: H. 30 x W. 49 x D. 30 cm.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 11.82 in. (30 cm)Width: 19.3 in. (49 cm)Depth: 11.82 in. (30 cm)
  • Style
    Dutch Colonial (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    Late 17th Century
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Amsterdam, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5458223624622

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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