The centre lock plate is reclaimed brass which came from a victorian ladies watch which had a monogram engraved into the back.
Once the lid is lifted inside sits a Queen Elizabeth 1st silver sixpence which i have mounted permanently this dates to between 1558 and 1603 roughly the same age as the oak timber i have used. I have found several of these coins over the years but have yet to discover one in great condition most i have found on farmland which is why there condition is possibly not brilliant due to the fact that ploughing has obviously taken its toll.The obverse side of this coin was particularly worn which is why i decided to mount it the way i have.
The inside is divided into two separate compartments which is common for chest or coffers of this period.
The dimensions of this piece are 3½'' Wide 2¼'' Height and 2'' Depth.
While writing this blog post i received a telephone call from the environment agency advising that my home is at severe risk from flooding, I'm not making any hasty decisions as i have been in this situation before and i was lucky enough to escape any major damage, if and when the water does rise then between myself and the help of my son i am positive i will have enough time to move what things are valuable to a safe place, fingers crossed all will be good!
My latest piece of work will also be available on my For Sale page.
Have a great and safe week everyone. Tony.