At this time, it was also customary to fit locks to chests. These would be made of thin plates of iron, carved in the style of the day and applied onto a flat background.
A sheet of coloured leather or a red cloth was often slid on the inside of this ornamentation in order to accentuate the carving. The main part was a clasp, which was fixed to the lid of the chest. When the lid of the chest was closed, this clasp would fall into place exactly on the face of the lock.
These locks, decorated with curious designs, rosettes, small columns, arches, niches, sheltering a crowd of tiny characters, were magnificent sculptures carved from the block, tailored with graver and chisel, and were as precious and valuable as the finest pieces of goldsmithing work.