Posted 7 years ago
So today I found this huge early blanket chest/seaman's chest. It is a long story involving much fate...but I came across this for a ridiculously low price, and the rest is history. I am asking for some opinions about both the piece itself, and a strange "message" written in chalk on the inside of the top board (see image 2).
So the piece itself appears to be a early to mid 19th century six board blanket chest in red/brown paint/wash. It is dovetailed with forged iron strap hinges and various nails some looking like rosehead nails. The boards are made from one piece of wood 19 1/4 inches in width. The box is 52 inches long and 17 1/2 inches in height. The dovetails have me thinking early 19th century. The wood is pine, thus I am almost sure this is American made.
Something that caught my eye right away is a message/signature written inside the box. You can see it in one of the pics, but I am going to write it out, it reads:
"20 feet of Samuel Phillips Board
for Mills Phillips
_____ Samuel Phillips _p to Mills Phillips
20 (with "38" written under the 20) feet of board"
And so I did some research on the names Samuel Phillips and Mills Phillips. I am really curious to see if anyone can find anything about these names, the chest, or a combination of the two. This is one of those finds that we live for! Thanks and Enjoy the posting!
PS the total amount of 19 1/4 inch board used to make this chest equals 246.5 inches......or 20.5 feet.