Posted 5 years ago
This old chest or trunk has been in the family for years. My wife's grandfather worked for the the state department and brought it over from the Baltics in the 30's after having bought it as an antique for his office there. Huge, 5' wide weighs roughly 120-150 lbs. Some details make it feel really old, and follow tradition seen on furniture from the 17th century, e.g. hand forged lock, ornated hinges with red felt, massive ornated handles on the sides (with a cherub face above the handle). Yet the inside is immaculate and doesn't look like it's been used, certainly not for so many years. Built in solid oak with beautiful intarisa inlays of mahogany and ebony with huge oval ball feet underneath. It's built like a trunk. So what's the purpose? A marriage chest? Some suggest it's been a trunk for high ranking officers. But in that case more wear and tear would be expected? Is it Russian or East Europe, Preussia, Germany? Could it be as old as the details suggest or is it a 19th century piece built in old tradition? What do you think?