The front corners of the chest are chamfered and display lovely diamond-shape and string inlay, with further inlay below. The lid is secured to the frame by old replacement butt hinges, most likely in the Victorian period. The chest interior features brass stays on either side, to help hold the lid open when in use.The interior is clean, dry and the coffer is practical and usable. The chest retains its original steel working lock (with key). The back of the chest retains the original backboards. The bottom is constructed of oak, as are the wide floorboards in the base of the chest. The chest has been made using the joined construction method; this is evident around the body of the frame.
The chest terminates on good quality moulded bracket feet. A type of furniture like this oak mule chest would have primarily been used for storing bedding and clothes. In the eighteenth century, built-in wardrobes did not exist! A mule chest was often the only item of furniture that a family owned.It is believed that such chests were called mule chests because slippers, called mules in the 17th and 18th century, were kept in the drawers of such chests. Blankets and bedding were stored above in the larger compartment above. This mule chest boasts a mellow brown oak colour. As it retains the original polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.
This oak mule chest would look great in a variety of rooms from the hallway, to the living room or bedroom, not only as an ornamental piece but also a useful storage chest. This mule chest is in good condition.
There are nominal old marks to the top, leading edges, tops, sides and front (see photos) but nothing significant considering the age of the item. Such old use marks are inevitable and perfectly acceptable due to its age and use it would have received. The brass handles to the lid and drawer are old period replacements, possibly Victorian. The interior is clean, dry, and usable. The brass lid hinges are also old replacements.
The item stands on good quality moulded bracket feet. The chest is well constructed, solid in joint and ready to use. Height = 82.4cm or 32½ or 2ft 8½ Width = 143.8cm or 56 or 4ft 8 Depth = 52cm or 20½ or 1ft 8½. All items are professionally packaged and fully insured in transit, therefore, we can assure you, your items will be securely protected in transit and arrive safely with you. Before placing your order(s) please make sure this is the item for you.
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Yola Gray has dealt in fine art and antique furniture for over 40 years. Yola Gray has a special interest in Colonial furniture, specifically Colonial Four Poster Beds. Yola Gray also provides a variety of fine English Antique Furniture, Art and Fabrics to clients in the UK, Europe and further afield.The item "Antique English Georgian Inlaid Solid Oak Mule Chest / Blanket Box Trunk Cabinet" is in sale since Friday, January 31, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Antique Furniture\Coffers". The seller is "yolandagrayantiques" and is located in Tarporley, Cheshire. This item can be shipped worldwide.