Furniture

TOOL CHEST

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

$285.00


SAW BUCK TABLE

Tables are one of the most under appreciated types of furniture yet they provide the foundation for much of our decor. From displaying collections, family photos to providing the backdrop for family meals and celebrations, the table has many roles and boasts its own unique history and evolution from simple wood planks to multitude of styles and forms.

We are offering a Farm House Table with a 2 board pine top over a recessed blank frieze, supported by turned legs and feet and united by four horizontal stretchers. 

The dimensions are 48"L, 30"W and 29"T.It is in excellent condition - tight joints and beautiful patina. A perfect table for all occasions.

# DMD-6892

$0.00


MINATURE DRESSER

Tramp Art is a style of woodworking which emerges in America from 1870 to 1940. Its characteristics include chip carving into squares, triangles and rectangles,  the reclamation of cheap wood such as cigar boxes and shipping crates, use of simple tools as penknives and then layering  into three dimensional,boldly geometric pieces with glue or nails. One technique used in Tramp Art is Crown of Thorns joinery. It was most popular during the Great Depression. The name was given in 1959 by Frances Lichten in Pennsylvania Folk Life Magazine, to describe crafts constructed from waste materials.  Although this name conjures images of itinerants who bartered wares for food and shelter much of these pieces were made by people from all walks of life. 


Offering a mini dresser constructed by mixing traditional cabinet making with Tramp Art style. The overall style of the dresser is one on Empire.  The dresser has six drawers, each made of colorful wooden cigar boxes. There are brass pulls on each drawer. When drawers are removed the stamp on the original wood (Cigar Box) is exposed. It has a beveled dresser top mirror in the middle supported by an ornate frame.The dresser has a straight apron on front and sides. The frame of the dresser is made of sturdy hardwood while the back is also of cigar box wood.

This piece is in excellent condition showing minor honest wear - with tight joints and seams. The dimensions are : 20"H, 9.5"D 14.5"W.

# MCB 18244

$225.00


FOOTSTOOL


From the 17th - 19th centuries, the footstool was extremely valuable in American Homes where furniture was costly and took up precious space. Stools are divided into three groups based on their height. Lowest was the footstool -12" tall, used for child seating and adult feet. Medium was 12-20" tall - used for youth and adult seating. High stools were over 20" tall- used for tall desks or writing stands. Stools were made by chair-makers in many different styles. Small footstools were part of the better furnishings of the home. We see footstools in portraits and silhouettes of ladies and children.


Offering a lovely cherry footstool with a curved apron and end pieces that curve to half moon on both sides and bottom. The dimensions are 8.5"H, 8"D, 14"L. This stool is in excellent with minor honest wear.

# HLO1905

$85.00


PAINTED BLANKET CHEST

BLANKET CHEST
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 blue painted blanket chest, circa late 19th century. This chest offers straight skirt, bracket feet, mortised chest locks, strike plate with brass keyhole, original spear point strap iron hinges, interior document box with a lower shelf . 

The measurements are 40"W, 17"D, 20"T. The chest shows minor honest wear and is in excellent condition.

# MCB 19174

$450.00


TRAMP ART DRESSER

Tramp Art is a style of woodworking which emerges in America from 1870 to 1940. Its characteristics include chip carving into squares, triangles and rectangles,  the reclamation of cheap wood such as cigar boxes and shipping crates, use of simple tools as penknives and then layering  into three dimensional,boldly geometric pieces with glue or nails. One technique used in Tramp Art is Crown of Thorns joinery. It was most popular during the Great Depression. The name was given in 1959 by Frances Lichten in Pennsylvania Folk Life Magazine, to describe crafts constructed from waste materials.  Although this name conjures images of itinerants who bartered wares for food and shelter much of these pieces were made by people from all walks of life. 

Offering a mini dresser constructed in the Tramp Art style. The dresser has one drawer over two cupboard doors. When doors are open the stamp on the original wood (Cigar Box) is exposed. The top splash board is cut out in the middle and topped by a decorative arch. The drawer has a tiny brass pull and doors are equipped with wooden latches to hold doors shut. The dresser has a lovely curved apron on front and sides. Overall piece is decorated with black paint.

This piece is in excellent condition showing minor honest wear - with tight joints and seams. The dimensions are : 16"h, 6"d, 8.5"w.

# MCB 18328

$265.00


FARM HOUSE TABLE

Tables are one of the most under appreciated types of furniture yet they provide the foundation for much of our decor. From displaying collections, family photos to providing the backdrop for family meals and celebrations, the table has many roles and boasts its own unique history and evolution from simple wood planks to multitude of styles and forms.

We are offering a Farm House Table with a 2 board pine top over a recessed blank frieze, supported by turned legs and feet and united by four horizontal stretchers. 

The dimensions are 62"L, 33"W and 29"T.It is in excellent condition - tight joints and beautiful patina. A perfect table for all occasions.

# DM 1902

$950.00


WALNUT JAM CUPBOARD

A jelly Cupboard is an enclosed shelving unit traditionally used to store jams & jellies. They were also called jam cupboards and jelly cabinets. Constructed of solid woods like walnut or cherry, a jelly cupboard sports a door or set of doors on the front of the cabinet. Typical cabinets contain two or three shelves and sometimes a drawer at the top. They have their historical roots in 19th-century America. Pioneers preserved fruit for the long winter months By 1830, jelly was common in America and appropriate storage was needed. As time passed, the cupboard was used for decoration and storage. Since many cupboards are in kitchens or dining areas,they were used to store china,silver wear and linens.

We are offering a walnut jam cupboard (circa 1860) with three deep shelves. This cupboard has its original finish. It has clean straight lines down the front ending in an elaborate , scrolled apron and bracket feet. It has two mortised doors with metal latches, original strike plate behind one door. 

The measurements are 49"W, 52"T 21.5"D. The top shows moderate honest wear with minor wood loss. There is a knot hole in the top left side but otherwise all surfaces are strong and sturdy. The back is solid and complete with no breaks. It is in excellent condition and can be used to store anything. This piece would be a wonderful addition to any room.

# MCB 18241

$825.00


SMOKED GRAINED BLANKET CHEST

BLANKET CHEST
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

$2600.00


MULE CHEST- PAINTED ROSEWOOD GRAIN

MULE CHEST

In the early days, closets were not typical, attics were not accessible and cellars were damp. Chests were a pieces of furniture designed to store linens, clothing and blankets.  A  Mule Chest is a wooden chest with a lift top lid over one or two drawers below.  With a chest, if you wanted something at the bottom, you had to remove all the contents. With the drawers underneath, you avoided this problem.
Furniture makers in the early days did not produce a complete set of drawers in one piece. Some craftsmen figured out how to combine a chest with two drawers, making it more practical to store clothing. This hybrid was called a "Mule Chest" because a mule is a hybrid breed of horse and mule .
Itinerant traders used "Mule Chests" in their travels to have easy access to goods for customers. These chests were loaded on mules so that could be another origin of the name.

We are offering a untouched, painted rosewood grain mule chest from New York State, circa 1820-1830. This is a  lidded chest over two drawers. Chest and drawers have original escutcheons, square nails, mortised chest locks, strike plate with keyhole, iron hinges and wooden turned drawer pulls. The chest has an interior document box with lid. The front has an exceptionally high cut out base with a straight apron that curves to bracket feet. The side aprons are curved angel wings. Two nailed on cleats under top of chest were added later to keep the top from warping. All original paint and parts.

The measurements are 43 "W, 19.5'D, 42"T. It is in excellent condition with tight seams and minor honest wear.

# EGD 1905

$1150.00


DRY SINK

A dry sink is a functional piece of furniture used up to the 19th century. They were the equivalent of modern day sinks without the convenience of indoor plumbing. It was essentially a wooden cabinet on which rested a water pitcher and basin. The top of the cabinet was recessed to prevent spillage and water damage to surrounding areas while washing or shaving. Dry sinks are usually made of pine but in wealthier homes they may be constructed from other woods. Pricier sinks had the recessed area on top lined with zinc or copper. Generally there is a storage area underneath. They were considered to be an indispensable kitchen accessory.


We are offering a pine dry sink . This sink has two doors opening to one shelf the width of the sink, each door has brass latches.  The lines are clean extending down to the straight apron and feet. This piece shows honest,minor wear and is in overall excellent condition.

The dimension are 32" T,49.5"W,17"D.

# CJB-5065

$675.00


Lyre Back Painted Chairs

American, circa 1850
We are offering four lyre back, painted plank bottom chairs from Lancaster or York County,Pa. The dimensions are 31"H and the seat is 13 1/2" x 14".

# 3308-3424

$595.00


Previous 1 2