Posted 4 months ago
Can anyone help me to date this chest, or tell me anything about it?
Furniture isnt my strong point.
It could be Spanish as it came from my mother who lived in Spain for many years.
Its approx. 5ft long, 2ft wide, 3ft high.
Maybe the lock or handles could help to date it.
It has a solid thick plank of wood, slightly domed, for the lid and single large planks for the sides (only the front is decorated) and its Very heavy!
It has square & irregular shaped wooden pegs holding it together as well as, what look like, hand made nails holding the bottom on.
The iron dangly bit for the lock, the top of it has a cross with a line at the top and bottom of it.
Sadly its been eaten away a bit by woodworm over the years, i hope they're all dead or they'll start on the floorboards next and the thing will fall through to the kitchen below.
So far, from researching online, I'd say its an early travelling chest, because of, the slightly domed lid , handles & sparse carving.
And its old, as its mostly made up of 5 single planks, i read somewhere that that can be a sign of age. though what age i can only guess at, it could date anywhere from Medieval right up to the 19th century for all i know, it'd be nice to narrow that down a wee bit if possible.
Any help with this, or the other furniture i have listed, would be Very much appreciated.