These iron strongboxes were manufactured in the 16th and 17th centuries in Nuremberg, Germany. The strongbox has an intricate locking mechanism, often with a hidden keyhole. The locking mechanism on the inside was covered by a cover plate that was open-sawn and engraved. The cover plate is particularly beautiful because of the depiction of two sea monsters. Depictions of sea monsters are rare.
The iron strongbox were used as money or archive chests in homes, churches or ships. Important documents and valuables were kept in the strongbox.
This chest is in original condition with antique painting and the original keys.
Germany, 17th century.
Provenance: private collection noble family in the Netherlands