Blanket Chests were very popular during the 17th - 19th Centuries. In its simplest form, the blanket chest was a large wooden box with a hinged lid. Chests were used for storage of linens, clothes and valuables. They were also used as additional seating for chairs were a luxury in most homes.
Closets were not typical, attics were not accessible and cellars were damp. Over the years, drawers were added to the basic form, increasing the height and evolving into a "mule chest". The drawers were used to by the Colonist to store "Mules" or slippers. In colonial America, chests were constructed of various species of lumber from pine to walnut, cherry and mahogany.
Construction was English. Most chests have a candle drawer or document compartment. Many have bracketed feet and dovetail construction. The hinged lid have mortised chest locks, strike plate and key holes. This was to protect valuables, ammunition, money and documents.
We are offering a honey pine chest, circa late 19th century. This chest offers curved "sleigh" skirt and feet, mortised chest locks, strike plate with brass keyhole, original spear point strap iron hinges, interior document box with its own mortised chest lock and strike plate. It has opposing iron handles with the top having bread board sides.
The measurements are 30.5"W, 18"D, 17"T. This chest shows minor honest wear and is in excellent condition.