Seth Gould’s Coffer: A Modern Day Armada Chest

If, like me, you’ve never heard of an “Armada Chest” before… here’s the official definition from

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.

Metalsmith Seth Gould created this amazing piece from scratch, over a two year time period.

It is an absolute pleasure to watch someone who is good at what they do, work. Gould’s work is mesmerizing, and the video is a fantastic summary of all the skill and effort that went into this amazing piece.

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