17th Century German Polished Wrought Iron Corsair Nuremberg Safe Money Chest
This late 17th century antique wrought iron safe is called a “corsair” or “Nuremberg.” Crafted in Germany circa 1690, the safe has a polished finish, and has been assembled with rivets and screws. The trunk features a large decorative medallion on the front, two handles on the sides, and an lock and original key on the top. The lock mechanism inside is very intricate (see images). The secure chest is in excellent condition commensurate with age and use, and has a beautiful patinated finish on all six sides. These kinds of trunks were must-have furniture items during the Middle Ages and were used to store all kinds of precious objects. The chests could be used to store valuables, such as iron. They also may have been used to transport the wages of soldiers in the field. They usually are reinforced with hinges and corner units and feature a false keyhole on the front. The mechanism attached to the underside of the lid covers the entire surface, using a meticulous system of gears that activate several bolts with a single turn of the key. The parts of the mechanism are as elegant as they are painstakingly crafted. Strong side handles make transportation possible. Finally, the inside and facade of the chests are usually fully painted, which served not only as decoration but also to conserve the iron. Measures: 20″ W x 17″ D x 22″ H.
|Dimensions||20 × 17 × 22 in|
Late 17th Century