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A Rare Ships Or Country House Carved Oak And Steel Bound Strong Box


£1,295 | $1,805 USD | €1,509 EUR
Item Number: SA787223
Date of manufacture: 19th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Robert Belcher Antiques
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This fabulous and richly carved oak strong box most likely belonged to a 19th century ship’s captain and was used for storing money and valuables. It is of a smaller size than the type used in country houses. It is made from very thick English oak which is jointed and fixed with handmade steel clout nails then further reinforced with straps and braces made from thick wrought steel with hinged hasps originally used for locking with two sturdy padlocks. Although this piece is very functional for its purpose this rare piece is also very decorative. It is deeply carved with numerous figures and it is further enhanced with leafy foliate panels. At each end, there is a hinged substantially cast brass carrying handle. The lid opens to reveal a plain interior with a central hole in its base which would have been used to bolt the box to the floor for security. This interesting piece dates to the second quarter of the 19th century. It is in good condition and is unusual in this small size.
Circa 1840
Robert Belcher Antiques is a high quality antiques shop, which also offers picture framing and restoration services. The company is based in Droitwich Spa, the medieval Worcestershire town made famous by salt production.
The business is run by husband and wife team, Robert and Wendy Belcher, and has been established since 1984. The show rooms are situated in a detached Georgian double fronted town house, which has a private forecourt for the benefit of customer parking.
The M5 motorway means access is convenient, as the show rooms are located only 3 miles off Junction 6. The business can be found half a mile prior to reaching Droitwich Spa town centre on the main A38 road. If using a SAT-NAV, please use the post code WR9 8AN.
Robert Belcher sources a range of interesting stock both nationally and internationally. The stock is always of a high quality and Robert prides himself on the authenticity and excellence of all items held for sale.
The business specialises in fine 18th century and early 19th century town furniture mainly in Walnut and Mahogany, which is displayed in the four showrooms. The showrooms also contain an interesting mix of rare objects and interesting, decorative items that would complement most collections or interiors.
Enquiries including payment, collection, postage or delivery can be made by contacting Robert Belcher Antiques on 07929011224 or 01905 772320. The business can also be contacted via email using:
General shop opening days are Monday – Saturday, if making a special journey please feel free to contact the business in advance to confirm opening hours.


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 19th Century.


Height = 30 cm (11.8")
Width = 54 cm (21.3")
Depth = 32.5 cm (12.8")

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Robert Belcher Antiques
128 Worcester Road
Droitwich Spa
United Kingdom

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