Posted 6 years ago
I found this today at a local antique store. They had just gotten it in. I have only seen chests like this in books. This is clearly a very old chest. Dovetailed, early wrought hinges, and built with hand-cut wooden pins. So the question now is, to what degree is this original, and where is it from? Looks like there may have been legs, as there are pegs in all four corners closing up holes. There are a few little fixes as you can see in picture three. Hardware looks original with rosehead nails and butterfly clasp handles.
As far as origin....I can only pray it is American. The wooden pins have me a bit worried, but it looks to be in built primarily of pine.
I am really looking for opinions, I have a feeling this could be a remarkable find, as long as it hasn't been destroyed by wrongful repairs. I was busy today so I didn't get to really fully inspect the piece....It is dirty, smelly, buggy, and old. Thanks for looking!