Late 15th century Iron bound chest
England and Germany
W 28" × H 35" × D 25.5"
Stock # Marh095
Late 15th century oak and iron bound chest, circa 1480, of rhomboid form, with sloping sides, decorated overall with scrolled strapwork, the central section with hinged lid opening to reveal two compartments, with front and rear carrying handles, the front top edge with iron initials (T H ). The curious tapering form of this chest is thought to have prevented groups of similar items from moving about too much during transit on wagons. The stand is Elizabethan and English and most probably made for the chest circa 1560 / 1580, made from oak and very robust. A similar example can be seen in the Yorkshire Museum at York.