This unique leather and brass studded arcon, or Spanish trunk, is from the 1800’s and has been lined with a foliate fabric. The natural leather is a light golden color that meshes well with the brown, beige, and cream interior. Remnants of the original fabric can still be seen, which was a red background with roses and green leaves. The juxtaposition of the colors enhances the beauty of the trunk.
The 19th century trunk is lightweight and portable, thanks to an iron handle on each side. Beneath each handle is a lozenge adorned with brass nailheads. A protective apron hangs down from the lid on all sides except for the back, adding another layer of intrigue. The back is unadorned, except for an old repair that has been affixed via small nails. The lid, front and the sides all have a studded border, and in each corner, a large nailhead is surrounded by an arc segment of more nailheads.
A working hasp lock (with key) is backed by a pierced iron lockplate. On either side of the lockplate is a volute scroll of nailheads. Four similar scrolls surround a three-tier lozenge with a single nail center on top of the lid. The spaces between the scrolls have two studded diamonds of different size and orientation. The light coloration and brass studs of this antique trunk make for an appealing and highly decorative storage option that will work in a variety of interiors.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use with minor losses and bend to protective apron. Old repair to the back. Buildup on inside of trunk with minor losses to fabric. Interior fabric has been replaced at some point.