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North German Gothic coffer, circa 1350.
Constructed with 3/4" oak wood planks, radial split from the trunk, planed with a hatchet and connected with i
ron nails and geometric metal - mounted with iron straps in horizontal and vertical order on all coffer sides. Tilt-top lid on original hinges, inside 3 original Gothic locks (no keys remaining)! Iron handle on either side. This coffer served as "safe" to secure its contents (i.e. money and documents) eventually in a Cityhall.
Indeed, just by its proportions and weight, one person couldn't carry it and for it's opening, 3 hands are necessary (meaning a second person): both outside locks have to be opened at the same time and hold
with the key in opened position and at the same time the lock in center has to be opened to free the lid.
In addition, the coffer was sealed, see remaining sealing wax on right front side of the coffer.
10 1/2" h, 35 1/2" w, 13 1/2" d
Reference: Museum Schloss (Castle) Cappenberg, Dortmund/Germany. Fig. 12 Museum Catalog



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