Armada Chest

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Armada Chest - Meaning[edit]

This example typicaly described as an Armada Chest but is in fact German and dates from the 19th century.
Armada chests, which are more accurately described as traveling chests or strongboxes, acquired that name due to the foundering or sinking in battle of nearly half of the one hundred and fifty strong Spanish fleet in 1588. It was common practice when traveling or as in this case going on campaigns to take valuables in chests; even up to relatively recent times small portable safes were used for the purpose. The Spanish wrecks revealed many such chests and strongboxes and from that time onward campaign chests were known as armada chests, but not necessarily dating from that period or indeed from Spain.