Posted 4 months ago
Its still not in the bedroom (that's gonna take a lot of moving all kinds of crap around...) but it otherwise got a few thorough rubdowns with OEoil this afternoon, and though not nearly perfect its original varnish (I suppose) remains in remarkably good condition and still shows off the fabulous quartersawn oak wood this chest is built of. I'm pretty sure I'll be leaving it exactly as it is (mebbe w/a piece of glass or plexi on the top) because, after all, *its only original ONCE*...? ;-) ;-) :-)
More pics to come soon in another post to show its drawer dovetails and other construction detail that might help somebody help me try to put at least a general date to it, or anything else about it. In the meantime I'm guessing late 1800's...?
Its top measures 21-1/4" x 41" and it stands 35-1/2" tall, now missing its original iron casters (if they were the same as the ones on chest #1?) though their metal fittings on the bottoms of the legs remain. There is also evidence in the finish on the top (and now empty screw holes on the back) to suggest it once had arms and a mirror on it too, those now long gone.