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NAVAL OFFICERS WOODEN SEA CHEST by E.A. SEAGROVE, 1867-1880

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Posted 1 year ago

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I recently purchased a trunk/chest from an estate auction in a storage unit where no information on it's background was known. I've began researching online and sent a few inquiries to the UK where I've found the trunk maker was located, due to it having a lock reading E.A. SEAGROVE. Although my info on it is limited and replies also limited, I have only been told from a UK Militaria Specialist that it is a 'sea chest' most likely used by Naval Officer for personal travel/belongings. It is so much larger than most trunks I find online which is why I am here for any insight/theories. It is very warped/weathered and I am considering repurposing. It is flat top wood, appears slat pine, 42" Long/24" Deep/25.5" Tall. It has metal strapping that is broken and iron handles. No key. I found that E.A. Seagroves was a transitionary business name in 1866, as the name went through changes due to family initials, E&W Seagrove, SeaGroves & Son, etc.. it later was aquired by Gieves, Matthews and Seagroves. They were Naval Outfitters located at 22/23 in the Hard/Portsea UK. Any advice would be so great. I'd love to hear your thoughts on background and advice to repurpose or auction.

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  1. trunkman trunkman, 1 year ago
    This is a beautiful piece of history and can be brought back to life with a good thorough sanding of all parts. Personally I wouldn't replace anything on it -- even the top will resurrect.
  2. colinbatten, 16 days ago
    Whilst clearing out my fathers garage in the UK I found found a sea chest similar to the one you posted about a year ago.
    Mine has Capt Graves RN on palate on the top and E& W Seagrove Reg No 3637
    around the lock.My best has two drawers in the front is in probably slightly better condition.I too am having difficulty tracing any history i wonder if you have any other info.::: colinbatten@ btinternet.com

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