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English Studded Leather and Oak Document Chest c.1800s

$488 $1,800


This is an original English document chest. This piece is made of oak, stretched leather, steel handles and brackets and covered in brass studs. A brass plaque on the top is engraved "J. Oatwell" and the name "Janet Mckinzie Oatwell J.Oatwell" is written on two pieces of tape on the inside lid. The brass key cover is stamped with the royal cypher "GR Patent" indicating George Rex or King George V of England. This piece has retained its original finish and is in good condition with appropriate patina for its age. Minor cracks in the leather on the back and front denoted in pictures.

  • CREATOR Unknown.
  • MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Leather, Oak, Steel, Brass.
  • CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • DIMENSIONS H 15.5 in. W 33.25 in. D 18.25 in.


In modern heraldry, a royal cypher is a monogram-like device of a country's reigning sovereign, typically consisting of the initials of the monarch's name and title, sometimes interwoven and often surmounted by a crown.

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