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Carpenter’s chest with dove-tail joints

Dove-tailed joints

This chest was found in the Carpenters’ cabin and contained a variety of personal items, including finger rings, pewter plates, a book, some lead weights and dice in a leather pouch, and the sundial in a box.

 

Dovetail joints were uncommon in carpentry of 16th Century Britain, suggesting that this chest was either originally from continental Europe, or made in England by a foreign craftsman. The usage of walnut wood, expensive at the time, also suggests a continental provenance.

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