If you were riding alone in an 18th-century European forest, you'd want your valuables locked in this thing. Today, it's just a good show piece.



  • Fact 1: This strongbox was originally attached to a Swedish horse-drawn coach built in 1787.
  • Fact 2: Strongboxes were also known as safes, coffers or kists in English, and färdskrin ("journey box") in this box's native Swedish.
  • Fact 3: This box is made from steam-bent hardwood and reinforced with riveted iron, and would have protected travelers' valuables surprisingly well.
  • Fact 4: In the 18th century, traveling carriages were vulnerable to highwaymen and thieves. Strongboxes aimed to guard against them.
  • Fact 5: While other strongboxes of the time were increasingly made of solid iron, this wooden box would have been weaker but significantly lighter to carry.

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