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    Posted 11 years ago

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    This little gem measures 6 1/2 inches tall and is made out of mahogany. I am not sure, but I think it dates to the mid 1800's. It was given to me by a lady who was going to toss it out as she had no use for the "tiny"thing. I am not sure if it is a salesman sample or if it was intended for use by a child.

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 years ago
      The form is more Scottish.
      Here in Australia it was a doiminant furniture style in Victorian times.
      To my eye it's more of a children's piece.
      The trademen's samples and 'apprentice pieces' were extremely well made.
    2. GayleAshford GayleAshford, 11 years ago
      Ah, I thought maybe mid Victorian era. I did get it when I was helping a friend liquidate her deceased mother in laws doll collection.
    3. scottvez scottvez, 11 years ago
      A "salesman sample" would exhibit the SAME quality of workmanship as a full sized item-- dovetailed drawers, chamfered bottoms and backs, etc...

      Some additional photos of the back and drawers out of the "chest" may help.

      The metal on the bottom (feet?) is odd.

      In addition to a childs toy, there is the possibility it was made for other uses-- such as to hold jewelry. Again, additional photos may shed some light on its original intended purposes.


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