Medieval Coffret

European, probably French, 1475-1525

Wood, leather, iron. Wooden case covered with beautifully patinated leather and then bound in iron. The iron is secured with large, berry-like studs and small round ones in lively patterns. Original linen lining to interior. Domed lid initialled AC with carrying handle. Coffrets were used to secure small, valuable possessions -- coins, jewels, silks, ivories etc. -- particularly when traveling. A nice (and rare) relic of medieval life -- functional then, and a real eye-catcher today. Good origial conditon with expected wear. Key lost. Later coin slot in lid

7-1/2" l x 4-3/4" w x 6" h.

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