Antique chest of drawers | Oak
Unique antique solid oak chest of drawers where all the drawers lock and it still has the original key.
This stylish oak chest of drawers was made as a present to a young girl for her to pack her clothes and belongings into before she traveled to take up her position as the maid in a household in the city or on a farm in the countryside.
The wealth of the gilrs parents can be seen by the use of solid oak for construction. THe wrought iron handles and keyhole covers are too a statement of their wealth / affection for their daughter as these were expensive compared to the cheaper plain pine chests with no decorations.
The chest is constructed using thick oak planks and shows traditional craftsmanship in the dovetail joins used on all the drawers. .
The drawers can all be locked. This was so the chest of drawers could be sent, in advance of the girl, to the location where she would be working.
Condition: Superb with stunning patina and fully restored with all the drawers running smoothly. The oak has oiled finish which leaves it smooth and very soft to touch. All the drawer locks work.
Width 34½ inch / 88cm
Depth 19 inch / 48cm
Height 35½ inch / 90cm
Drawers vary in depth from
3½ inch / 9cm
5 inch / 13cm
6 inch / 15cm
8 inch / 20cm