TREASURE ARMADA CHEST NUREMBERG PIRATE GOLD COINS SHIPWRECK ATOCHA ERA 1600's This ARMADA CHEST & Keys was created in Nuremberg Germany weighs approx.10-15 lbs and measures 5.25” W x 3.5” H x 3"D. This CHEST also has a “Interior Cash Box” or used for Fragile items. All Chests were painted in order to seal and prevent rust. This piece has been ornately painted to include the Lions in Shield w/boardered scroll work. The Keyhole is on Top of the chest . Inside the lids are the Locking mechanisms, on this piece controlling 2 Lock Bolts. The base is ordained wtih a Castle motif Edge work to simulate a castle turret. It's VERY RARE to find a Chest this size, an incredible Desk Piece, which no doubt has been used as such for over 400 Years! These Treasure Chests, used to carry: Pirate Booty, Soldier wages, Precious Jewels of Royalty, Tariffs, Royal Taxes, Gold & Silver Coins and Bars! Built by the same blacksmiths that created Arms and Armory. Struck and forged, these CHESTS were in the 1500 and 1600’s ~ Out of Sheet iron with reinforced intersecting straps and fittings of Iron. These highly skilled Blacksmiths worked in Germany, Austria and France. These Master Blacksmiths, from the late 1400’s, were renowned for their craftsmanship, especially in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. These shops were usually old family businesses in which younger generations were trained by their elders. These highly skilled Blacksmiths excelled in Metalworking, hammered inlay, etching, steel plating engraving, Painting and of course rust proofing. By the dawn of the Renaissance they had achieved a dominant position in Europe. The Blacksmiths and their skills were in high demand throughout Europe and beyond.