Strong Box, Dutch, c. 1650

Made in 1/12th scale by Wm. R. Robertson & Lloyd McCaffery (base), 2016

a 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, burl veneer

These Strong Boxes were made for storing valuables when at home or traveling. The box was made of heavy solid timber and wrapped in ornate thick brass trim attached with bolts and nails. The top opens and the front folds down to expose drawers. Inside is a crank handle that operates 2 square headed screws attaching the box to the base. When traveling the base would be left behind and the box just screwed into the floor of the Inn or coach.

d 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, burl veneer

The box is made of Bolivian rosewood and covered with burl veneer matched in a way to accentuate the grain. There are over a 100 pieces covering the box.

The veneered edges are banded with the wood grain at 90 degrees to the edges.

f1 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, drop front

A banded circle in the center of the drop front has grain radiating from the center. Nearly 80% of this marquetry is covered by the brasses.

f2 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, brass hinge

The hinge patterns are first engraved on the brass with a Deckel pantograph and then cut out with a jewelers saw.

g 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, rolled hinge

The brass is then rolled to form the barrels of the hinges.

h 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, hinges bevel

The curvy edges of all the brasses are filed and engraved with a slightly rounded bevel and polished.

i 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, mounting bol

The square headed screws fit into the brass crank that is fitted with a rotating Blackwood handle.

j 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, mounting bol

The screws fit into long holes on each side with the heads recessed so the lid will close when not fastened to a base or floor.

k 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, corners form

The ornate edge pieces and corners are soldered together with gold solder so the seams do not show.

l 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, side handles

Brass handles are turned, bent and mounted to each side.

m 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, 12 lobed bol

The bolt heads have 12 lobes milled into each one.

n 17th c. Dutch Strong Box,  parts ready

These are all the parts ready for finishing and final assembly.

o 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, lock mechani

The lock works and lock both the top and drop front separately.

o 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, lock screwed

After the wood is stained and French polished the lock is screwed in place.

p 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, compartments

There are hinged panels to hide papers with tiny sliding latches.

q 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, assembly

Each piece of brass is clamped in place while holes are drilled to attach it with bolts or nails.

r 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, hinges naile

Hundreds of .012" brass nails hold the brasses in place, each one has its head rounded and polished.

s 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, top finished

The hinged top ready for mounting. The hinged front latch covers the key hole when closed as yet another form of security.

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The finished strong box ready for mounting to the stand.

u 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, Llyod McCaff

Lloyd McCaffery carved the Baroque stand from boxwood, it has dozens of applied fliers and details.

v 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, gold leafing

Lloyd McCaffery gilded the base in 24K gold leaf.

w 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, finished

The finish boxed meets the finished base. There are 2 pull out supports just under the hinges to support the drop front.

x 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, open

The Strong box open, the crank, pull out supports and drawers are visible. Bonni Backe made the hassle on the key.

y 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, back

Even the back side is decorated to be seen when traveling, since the base would be left at home it could be left plain.

z 17th c. Dutch Strong Box, in case for

Cased in ultra suede and ready for the new owner. The lidded compartment holds the key.