Trunk lock and key. Master's work from the late 17th or early 18th century.
The rectangular palisade has on one side a false bottom in a moulded dome, projecting strongly, surrounded by a circular ornament pierced with a frieze of rhombuses, hearts and discs worked in interlacing. On the other side the mechanism is protected by an entirely pierced font of hearts surrounded by scrolls. It is surmounted by a strong projecting moulding that supports the balls of a count's crown. Mechanism with three bolts whose roosters are finished with fleurs-de-lis. The base is fixed by curious nuts with four-lobed decoration. The barrel of the lock is drilled with a triangle. The key, with triangular stem, drilled, ends in a broad bit with overflowing muzzle and rakes pierced with holes. It has never been finished and shows today a cylinder bump and a ring of strong flat sheet metal without decoration (slight accidents and missing parts).
French masterwork from the end of the XVIIth century or the beginning of the XVIIIth century.
Length: 19 cm - Width: 11 cm - Thickness: 4,7 cm
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Location of the item France - 75002 Paris