Spanish Leather Trunk with Studded Nailhead Detail
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Spanish Leather Trunk with Studded Nailhead Detail

Spain
18th Century
Antique leather over wood, with brass nails and lock
Removable “feet”
Cm 66 high x 123 wide x 55 deep
Cm 87 high with feet

An excellent example of the classic dome top Spanish "arcón" or travel chest / trunk. Constructed of wood, the exterior is completely covered in a dark brown leather and the top and front feature studded brass nails arranged in decorative patterns, including two representations of the coat-of-arms of the Carmelite religious order on the front. The nailheads themselves are decorated with raised star shape. The lock mechanism, hasp and side carry handles are original and made of wrought iron. Included are a pair of matching studded leather "feet" or supports which raise the trunk off of the floor allowing air to circulate, thus protecting the bottom from moisture. A solid and useable trunk with exceptional decorative and historic characteristics.

 

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