iron-barred chests - was Shakespearean Wood?
How about the "Treaty of Calais" chest in the British national Archives at Kew? Not a lot of ironwork but it is oak,, dates from 14360, and still has much of it's original painted decoration. You can find pictures at
In looking at this chest previously, during a 'spirited' online discussion about medieval painted furniture or lack of same [an argument just clarified by the English Heritage Exhibition recently opened at Dover Castle's Great Keep, [pictures also available online] , I have found another website, quoting a description which gives chest dimensions, too. Can't recall where, ATM, but you'll find it if you Google through the online listings.
Matthewe Baker, ODB,
--- On Sat, 5/12/09, Ron <williams@...> wrote:
For an upcoming 12th night event, the A&S coordinator has called for entries that relate to a Shakespearean quote. I found one reference from Richard the Second to a "a ten-times barr'd-up chest", and found an interesting image for an iron-bound chest at the Victoria and Albert Museum (http://images. vam.ac.uk/ item/O113758/ coffer/).
Would any of you have other ideas and quotes?
Thanks in advance!