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Large Georgian Strong Box

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Subcategory: Boxes

A mahogany Strong Box with 3 locks to the top.

The box has a removable bank of 3 drawers with an early, flush campaign handle to the top to lift them out. Each drawer has an unusual, flat brass knob handle set into a recess on the drawer facia so that it is flat with the front. They also have a tramline mould cut into the facia. The bank of drawers are to the left side of the interior and held in place by a divider board, leaving a larger, plain storage area to the right. The trunk also has a drawer to the base, which can be opened separately. The top of the trunk has cleated sides and a reeded moulding; its set on 3 large hinges for extra strength. The gilt brass carrying handles are a good size and the drawer has a replaced swan neck handle. The top is fitted with a large lock to the front and a smaller lock to each side for added security.

This is an interesting, large Georgian box but has no evidence as to who may have owned it. It may have been a single owner or perhaps 3 different people held a key for each lock, if it was used by a group. Early 19th Century.

  • Dimensions:
    H 39.5cm x W 56.5cm x D 37.5cm
    H 15½" x W 22¼" x D 14¾"

  • Period: Early 19th Century
  • Medium: Mahogany
  • Country: England
  • Exhibition: Departure of the 6th
  • Condition: Drawer handle replaced. Butterfly patch to bottom drawer from bank with replaced handle. Some hard infill wax to area around teeth of main lock.
  • Reference Number: 82319