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Posted 6 years ago


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I was told its a bathtub. It's mahogany outside and cherry wood inside. It has brass hinges brass lock brass chains and brass lion head. There is a brass plate that says sherratt's chester . HELP PLEASE

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  1. jervisbrown, 6 years ago
    Who can tell me about this Item?
  2. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    It is a cellarette.

    It was used to keep wine cool.

    Is there evidence of feet at that bottom that are now lost/ removed or broken?

  3. jervisbrown, 6 years ago
    I will check to see if it had legs on bottom.

    It is four feet long. It has a metal liner inside. It does have a drain.

    How old is it?

    The tag say's Sherratt's chester. What does that mean or is that a company?
  4. jervisbrown, 6 years ago
    No place on bottom for legs.
  5. jervisbrown, 6 years ago
    No holes, slots or anything where legs could fit.
  6. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    That size is very large-- significantly larger than what I have seen before.

    These were very popular from about 1750- 1850.

    Post a clear photo of your label and I may be able to provide some more information.

  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    A wine cellarette. A wine cooler.
    No need for legs. It had a stand.
    It slotted into the stand to give it some height for easy use and a more imposing height. It would have been carried by two servants to the stand from the ice house. There it would have held the stuff to be kept cool. An early portable wine cooler for the well-heeled Georgian gent.
    The lid shape is called "a pagoda top".
    It looks zinc lined.
    Is the plug welded in or can it be turned out?
    Sherratt's of Chester may have been the retailers or the owners of the item.
    On the net there is some mention of a firm called Sherratt's in Chester that sold mummy cases to the soap baron William Hesketh Lever.
    An interesting item for the wine connoisseur.
  8. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago

    A stand makes sense.

    Have you ever seen one this large before? The owner must have been very wealthy to have a need to cool that much wine!
  9. jervisbrown, 6 years ago
    4ft 2inches long
    The inner lining is not flat.
    It's so big, it has chains to keep the lid from falling all the way back. It really looks like a small 4ft casket.
    I wonder what's it worth??
  10. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Sadly, this MAY be one of the cases of bigger is not better.

    I would say most of the smaller portable cellarettes (EX original condition) will bring $2,000+. The price could jump dramatically based off of style, ornamentation or cabinet maker.

    Since yours is sideboard sized and doesn't have the stand, I think it would have less desirability and and command a lower price.

    To the right person, who could effectively display such a large piece, price might be more than a typical portable cellarette.


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