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Wonderful late 16th c.- early 17th C. Dutch New World Sea Captain's treasure Casket

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NOT FOR SALE From my own private collection, this is an extraordinary piece A beautiful late 16th- early 17th geldkassket, or treasure casket, that would have held diamonds, rubies, and other jewels as well as gold. This example can actually be attributed to a European sea captain who traveled to the New World. The decoration of this piece includes a New World Indian in the exact style, with the tobacco leaf headdress, that was depicted on maps from this same time period. But even more interesting is that on the inside of the casket, etched on the lock cover is a Native American female mermaid holding a harp! It is likely that this belonged to a sea captain, probably Dutch as this style of casket was produced in the Netherlands, who traveled to the New World extensively and had this piece custom made for himself. It even has the original key. The patina is gorgeous and the lock works perfectly. A real treasure. PLEASE CLICK ON THUMBNAIL TO SEE MORE IMAGES
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