Armada chest complete with key for the lock in the centre of the lid. The lock has seven catches, and is covered with pierced iron plate. One padlock eye is broken from the lid and rivetted to the chest. 'Seventeenth century iron strong box of German manufacture. These mostly date from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the equivalent of the modern day safe. They are commonly called Armada Chests' (M. Jessup).
Given to the National Trust with Snowshill Manor in 1951 by Charles Paget Wade.