In France, a wooden truck or chest intended for holding valuables, blankets and clothes. In use since the Middle Ages. The coffer can be covered in leather with nail heads ornamenting the edges and handles on both ends. Coffers frequently had domed or lipped tops to allow rainwater to run off.
By strict definition, a coffer is a travelling trunk whicg is banded by metalwork and covered with leather or other material. However, the word tends to be used to describe various kinds of chests without drawers.
Chest that served as seat, table, trunk, or for storage of valuables; one of the earliest forms of furniture in Europe, when unsettled conditions make it imperative that furniture and contents be readily transported together.
In architecture, a coffer (plural: coffering) is a sunken panel in the shape of a square, rectangle, or octagon that serves as a decorative device, usually in a ceiling. An example of this can be found in the ceiling of the rotunda dome in the Roman Pantheon.