Who built America? The answer includes carpenters and builders, most of them known only to their family and friends. In the mid 1800's, building was enhanced by the mass production of wire nails (1870) and the availability of milled, dimensional lumber. The carpenter was required to have many valuable tools to service his trade. As a result, he built chests, cases and carriers to house and protect his tools. Each is specific to the carpenter's needs - no two alike. The lid often contained a compartment called a "till" to store flat tools as saws while the chest contained boxes, trays and caddies. All in all, these chests demonstrated the skill of the craftsman.

Offering a hardwood tool chest, circa late 1800's, traditional iron hasp & staple, flat bottom, no feet, straight lines. It has a removable tray the width of the chest which sits on runners - the depth of the chest. There is a slit on the top lid which does not distract from the function or appearance of the chest.

The measurements are 29"W, 15"D, 12"T.  This chest shows age appropriate, honest wear. Overall condition is very good - all seams are tight and the piece is sturdy.

# DMD-5104


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