Nuremberg Etched Steel Casket
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Nuremberg Etched Steel Casket

Nuremberg Etched Steel Casket

  • This early 17th-century German steel casket was likely crafted in the city of Nuremberg
  • The box is accompanied by its original key and is covered in fine etching
  • The casket could secure a variety of valuables, including money and jewels
  • The intricate locking mechanism ensured the contents was safe and secure
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Item No. 30-8634
$14,500
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Dating to the turn of the 17th century, this incredibly rare German etched steel casket opens to reveal an elaborate locking device under its lid. Bearing the qualities of chests made in the southern German city of Nuremburg, the exterior of this box is covered in richly detailed engraving, including the likenesses of a landsknecht (German mercenary soldier) facing an Ottoman soldier. Accompanied by its original key, the box can still receive valuables even when secured thanks to a slot located in the lid. After more than four centuries, this casket remains a stunning representation of Late German Renaissance workmanship.

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Considered the center of the German Renaissance that took place in the 15th and 16th centuries, Nuremburg was home to many of the period's great artists, thinkers and scientists, including the brilliant Albrecht Dürer. The city was an early witness to the growth of humanism, science, printing, and mechanical invention, which brought forth both the wheel lock, a crucial step in the evolution of firearms, and locking mechanisms such as the one in this casket. Both a printing press and an observatory were built in the city, and Europe's first pocket watches, known as Nuremberg eggs, were made there circa 1500.

Circa 1600

6 3/4" wide x 4 1/2" deep x 4 3/4" high
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Period: 17th Century
Type:Safes/Strong Boxes
Depth:4.5 Inches
Width:6.75 Inches
Height:4.75 Inches
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