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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1500-1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oak, riven

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Mary Neame

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On display at Tamworth Castle, Staffordshire

Physical description

Ark of clamped-front or hutch construction, with the front and back held in two stiles of quartered oak, secured by 3 pegs. The front formed by a single large riven board with two holes (for a latch rather than a lock), and the back formed by two planks that meet in a bird's mouth joint. The ends of 2 riven boards horizontally grained (the larger above the smaller) that meet in a bird's mouth joint, which are held in grooves cut on the inner surfaces of the stiles and the bottom board with a through-tenon. A separate outside 'rail' is through-tenoned into the stiles. With heavy dirt/old water residue on the surface.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1500-1650 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Oak, riven


Height: 45 cm, Width: 85 cm, Depth: 41 cm

Object history note

Given by Mrs Mary Neame, Seckford Hall, Woodbridge, Suffolk, per Messrs Durrant Cooper and Hambling, 70-1 Gracechurch St. London EC3. RF 859/1940

The chest has been on loan to Tamworth Castle for some years (2010).

Descriptive line

English, 1400-1500, oak, 82/765, 83/547




Furniture; Woodwork


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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