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 smoked,grain painted blanket chest, circa 1820-1840. This chest offers powerful patterns on the front and sides, turned onion feet, mortised chest locks, key, strike plate with keyhole, iron hinges, interior secret drawers located below the interior document box . There are brass knobs  mounted to a single board that has a secret lock. Behind the false face are two dovetail drawers. Key is at front desk.

The measurements are 54"W, 23"d, 28"T. The chest shows minor honest wear and is in excellent condition.

# EGD 1902


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