Most sailors would have possessed a seachest, which served not only as storage, but also seating. The majority of chests were not decorated when originally acquired. Instead, they were improved either at sea or when a ship was in port. Curators are highly suspicious of chests with elaborate exterior carvings -- fraudulent embellishments were sometimes added to chests after their seafaring days. Most authentic chest art is to be found on the interior lid of the chests, where it was protected from the elements.

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