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An ebony veneered walnut and oak strong box (coffre fort) or 'captain's chest with brass mounts

 

Flanders or France, late 17th/early 18th century
 

Behind the fall front three drawers, on the underside of the lid, behind a flap a space for small letters, with long screws in the side panels to be fixed on a table, for stability or against thieves.
 

H. 30 x W. 49 x D. 30 cm