Coffer and key
- Place of origin:
- Materials and Techniques:
- Credit Line:
Bequeathed by Miss E. F. J. Mackworth Dolben
- Museum number:
- Gallery location:
Ironwork, Room 114c, case 114 EXP 
Coffer made of wrought iron, the hasps are pierced with the date 1597. The coffer is painted with figures and shields of arms.
Place of Origin
Materials and Techniques
Marks and inscriptions
Height: 83.19 cm converted from inches, Length: 136.53 cm converted from inches, : 63.5 cm converted from inches
Coffer and key, pierced wrought iron with painted figures and shields of arms, Germany, 1597
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
Jenning, C. Early Chests in Wood and Iron. London : Public Record Office, 1974.
Labels and date
The hasps are pierced with the date 1597. The coffer is painted with figures and shields of arms, which was probably renewed when it changed hands at some later date. Painted iron chests were popular in Germany, although they are usually of the rectangular 'Armada chest' type. Wheeled chests with curved lids seem to have been relatively common from the 15th century. With their iron cladding, they were an effective string box.
Bequest of Miss E.F.J. Mackworth Dolben
Museum No. M.244-1912
Forging (metal forming); Painting; Piercing