ANTIQUE DEED TRUNK / STRONG BOX
A genuine antique mid 19th Century tin lockable deed box in original condition with the original lettering to the front.
Ideal for a multitude of purposes, it could potentially function as a general purpose storage box, log bin, coffee table, man-cave decoration, toy box etc.
Formerly property of the Manor of Calstock (Cornwall, UK) this portable metal trunk / chest would have been used for the storage of valuables or payments relating to the tenants of the estate.
The manor of Calstock was recorded in the Domesday Book (referred to as Callestock) , held by Reginald from Robert, Count of Mortain. In the 14th Century it became part of the Duchy of Cornwall, but was sold to John Williams 3rd of Scorrier House in 1806/7. Williams was a banker and mine adventurer who developed the manganese industry in the local vicinity. One of his sons, Michael Henry Williams (1784-1858) was M.P for the Western division of Cornwall, 1853-1858.
The trunk comes with an interesting late Victorian notice for tenants of the the Manor to attend a meeting organised by the Steward of the Manor at the Naval and Commercial Hotel, Calstock, to pay all dues and arrears of dues.
Provenance: formerly the property of the Manor of Calstock.
Date: mid 19th Century.
Condition: Good functional condition. The chest retains its original but worn paint. There are lots of scuffs and scratches which are to be expected with a portable item. No significant damage to report, just a few dings and mild flexing of panels. The lid hinges and shuts accurately and the hasp locates well. No padlock included.
Length: 54 cm (21-1/4″) exc. handles
Depth: 40.4 cm (15-7/8″)
Height: 53.5 cm (21″)
Weight: 10.5 kg approx
Stock number: AC1737
£380 (incs UK shipping)
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