Just watch this video… it’s mesmerizing. I figured out what he was making around the 3:20 mark. You can read below to learn about the tradition that this guy was following.
Thank you to Daniel Devoe Dilley and Yuehwern Yih for sending us this video.
This guy painstakingly forged a modern (and crazy complicated) interpretation of a 16th/ 17th century “Armada Chest.”
“An iron-bound strongbox for storing valuables in the 16th and 17th centuries, often with a large, complicated lock on the underside of the lid. Some were for the use of officers at sea, and would have been bolted to the deck of the owner’s cabin. Usually of German make, the chests could be anything from a few inches to 6ft (1.8m) long. The name itself was a fanciful Victorian invention recalling chests imagined to be used by the Spanish Armada.”
I first encountered two of these beautiful chests when we visited the Lock Museum of America and played the escape game that they had scattered about the exhibit.
You can see an original function:
I also encountered one last year while we were visiting a museum in Egar, Hungary…
Interestingly enough, they didn’t know what the chest truly was. They had it
The person giving the tour was surprised when I opened the trap door for the true keyhole.