This is a particularly fine example of a travelling coffer, or trunk. The outside of the trunk would originally also have been covered in leather, making it waterproof. Travelling trunks dating from earlier centuries were plain inside with perhaps two small drawers. By the16th century the interiors of expensive trunks for documents or small objects were fitted with many trays and drawers. Some, like this one, had a drop front to provide access to the contents.
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