This is a most unusual piece of furniture. When closed, the exterior is very spartan: plain dark wood with only a small hint of the quality of the interior given by the elegant trefoil terminals of the iron fittings. It must have been deliberately made to impress when it is opened. The face of each drawer has a different inlaid design. the shallow wide upper drawer contains a compartment clearly made to contain a set of scales. Some of the drawers also have set within them a secret drawer which can only be accessed from the back of the main drawer. All these point to it having been made to be used as a travelling jeweller's work chest: lockable, portable (the side handles are obviously made for straps), and then very impressive when opened.