The Collection

Your selection



Buy this image Add this to a collection
Share or embed this object   

Please contact the Picture Library if you would like to use this record and image under licence.

Chatham chest


Object connections:

Collection Furniture
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID AAA3310
Description The Chatham Chest was established in 1590 by Sir John Hawkins and others to provide pensions for wounded seamen. The fund was supported by compulsory deductions of 6d a month from seamen's wages. The iron chest was ordered in 1625 to hold the money for a mutual benevolent fund for disabled seaman and was deposited with Greenwich Hospital by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty in 1845. The iron chest has five locks: a disguised keyhole in the top, which operated an elaborate lock covering the entire interior of the lid, and four hasps for padlocks. The keyhole in the front of the chest is false. The original key survives with this chest.
Date made 1625

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
Materials metal: iron
Measurements Overall: 635 mm x 1060 mm x 584 mm x 251 kg
  • Chatham chest (AAA3310)
    Help us

    Do you know more about this?

    Share your knowledge