300 mm (H)650 mm (W)310 mm (D)640 mm (Diameter)325 mm (Diameter)
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Snowshill Manor and Garden, Gloucestershire (Accredited Museum)
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It was the Victorians who started to call these strong boxes Armada Chests as they thought the intricate locking systems would be the kind of thing used to keep armada gold safe.
Armada chest of six catches, complete with key. Two carrying handles and two hasps for padlocks. parts of lock mechanism covered with engraved iron work. Contains six bowls (balls) and one large and one small cannon ball. 'Seventeenth century iron strong box of German manufacture. These mostly date from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and are the equivalent of the modern day safe. They are commonly called 'Armada Chests'. Charles Wade makes a pun by putting bowls in the Armada Chest' (M. Jessup).
Given to the National Trust with Snowshill Manor in 1951 by Charles Paget Wade.