An impressive Victorian Jewellery Strong Cabinet, veneered all over with the finest Burr Walnut, and having applied brass straps on all sides. The top features a finely fretted monogram together with an engraving of a fabulous fish surrounded by a heraldry belt which is engraved with a legend in Cornish 'FRANCA LEALE TOGE'*.
The interior of the box is brass faced with maroon silk velvet and ruched panel inside the lid, which drops forward by means of a hidden release, revealing a secret area for letters, papers etc. A fitted lift out tray covers a deep compartment. The front panel, when released by means of hidden pressure points at either side, drops forward, revealing two drawers, each with burr walnut fronts and matching velvet lining. Both drawers have Chubb locks.
The box is secured with a Bramah lock & key.
*'FRANCA LEALE TOGE' is a legend in Cornish, which translates in English as 'FREE AND LOYAL ART THOU', the motto of Godolphin & Latymer School for girls in Hammersmith West London since 1905, formerly The Godolphin School, a boarding school for boys, founded in 1861.
Width: 13 inches / 33 centimetres
Height: 8 inches / 20 centimetres
Depth: 9 inches / 23 centimetres