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19th Century Oyster Walnut Butlers Chest
Located in Savannah, GA
This is a butlers chest or desk made in England, circa 1825. The top has a nicely molded edge and is banded in mahogany followed by a string inlay of ebony with oyster cut walnut to ...
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Antique 1820s English George IV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

  • 19th Century Oyster Walnut Butlers Chest
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  • 19th Century Oyster Walnut Butlers Chest
  • 19th Century Oyster Walnut Butlers Chest
H 39.75 in. W 43.75 in. D 23.75 in.
Directoire Chest of Drawers with Writing Top,"Butler's Chest", France, 1790-1800
Located in Belmont, MA
Directoire chest of drawers, so called "Butler's Chest", France 1790-1800, cherrywood veneer. Behind the upper drawer is a writing top. With brass fittings. The commode is in very g...
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Antique 1790s French Directoire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Cherry

Chest, Coffer, 17 Century, English, Oak, John Butler Yeats, William Butler Yeats
Located in Eversholt, Bedfordshire
A mid-17th century transitional oak chest, from the collection of John Butler Yeats & the Yeats family by descent This charming chest has an exceptional provenance coming by descent...
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Antique Late 17th Century British Charles II Blanket Chests

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Oak

Rhode Island Empire Butler's Chest of Drawers with Desk in Mahogany, circa 1825
Located in Miami, FL
A beautiful example of an early American Empire chest with full-column front and stand-up butlers desk. Provides ample storage as a chest of drawers, and doubles as a secretary with ...
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Antique 1820s American American Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Lovely Flamed Mahogany Batchelors Chest of Drawers with Folding Butlers Shelf
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to this stunning flamed mahogany bachelor’s chest of drawers with folding butlers shelf A very good looking well-made and functional piece of furniture. It as for...
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20th Century English Georgian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Vintage Burr Walnut Medium Sized Chest of Drawers with Butlers Serving Tray
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely vintage circa 1940s burr walnut bachelors chest of drawers with folding butlers serving tray A very good looking and well made chest...
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Vintage 1940s English Other Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Sublime Burr Walnut Side Table Sized Chest of Drawers with Butlers Serving Tray
By Bevan Funnell Ltd.
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely vintage Bevan Funnell Burr walnut bachelors chest of drawers with folding butlers serving tray A very good looking and well made che...
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20th Century English Victorian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Vintage Burr Walnut Side Table Sized Chest of Drawers with Butlers Serving Tray
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely vintage Burr Walnut bachelors chest of drawers with folding butlers serving tray A very good looking and well made chest of drawers ...
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20th Century English Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Burr Yew Wood Chest of Drawers Butlers Leather Serving Tray Large Side Table
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely vintage Burr Yew wood chest of drawers with green leather butlers serving tray A good looking, functional and well made piece of fur...
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20th Century English Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Yew

European Walnut and Rosewood Commode with Butlers Desk Drawer
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A very fine burled walnut and rosewood marble top caved commode with a butlers desk drawer. This is a very fine and high quality piece of furniture from the mid-19th century, a ten o...
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Antique Mid-19th Century European Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Rosewood, Walnut

Rhode Island Empire Butler's Desk in Mahogany, circa 1825
Located in Miami, FL
A beautiful example of an early American Empire full column front stand up butlers desk. Ample storage as a chest of drawers and serves as a secretary with additional small drawers i...
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Antique 19th Century American Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

French Napoleon III Style Butler's Chest.
Located in Dallas, TX
French Napoleon III style bronze mounted butler's chest with brass galleried marble top over a pull-out blind desk. C 1890.
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Antique 19th Century French Napoleon III Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze, Brass

  • French Napoleon III Style Butler's Chest.
  • French Napoleon III Style Butler's Chest.
  • French Napoleon III Style Butler's Chest.
  • French Napoleon III Style Butler's Chest.
H 38 in. W 51 in. D 20.5 in.
A Biedermeier Butler's Desk
Located in New York, NY
Originally designed as a case piece for a drawing room, the upper drawer folds down to hold the various bits and pieces a butler might have needed to have at hand. Nowadays, this ty...
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Antique 19th Century Swedish Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Fir

  • A Biedermeier Butler's Desk
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  • A Biedermeier Butler's Desk
H 38.25 in. W 36.75 in. D 18 in.
A Biedermeier Butler's Desk
Located in New York, NY
A fine chest of drawers crafted of mahogany and fir, adorned with hand-cut flame mahogany veneers, the chest features four locking drawers. The upper most drawer, however, has a se...
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Antique 19th Century Swedish Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

  • A Biedermeier Butler's Desk
  • A Biedermeier Butler's Desk
  • A Biedermeier Butler's Desk
  • A Biedermeier Butler's Desk
H 38 in. W 42 in. D 20 in.
Vintage Mahogany Military Campaign Chest of Drawers Butlers Folding Serving Tray
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely vintage Military Campaign chest of drawers with folding butlers serving tray in mahogany A well made and versatile chest, it’s a lar...
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20th Century English Campaign Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Biedermeier Butler's Desk
Located in Kilmarnock, VA
A solid wood four drawer Biedermeier chest, the top most drawer pulling out to reveal a hinged writing surface and 13 drawers and compartments with ivory pulls and escutcheons.
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Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Metal

  • Biedermeier Butler's Desk
  • Biedermeier Butler's Desk
  • Biedermeier Butler's Desk
  • Biedermeier Butler's Desk
H 41.5 in. W 41.75 in. D 18.5 in.
Biedermeier Butler's Desk
Located in New York, NY
Also known as a lady's desk, this chest was designed to hold jewelry, correspondence and trinkets in its hidden interior drawers. The uppermost drawer pulls out and is hinged to fall...
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Antique 19th Century Swedish Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Fir

  • Biedermeier Butler's Desk
  • Biedermeier Butler's Desk
  • Biedermeier Butler's Desk
  • Biedermeier Butler's Desk
H 42 in. W 35 in. D 17 in.
Biedermeier Butler's Desk
Located in New York, NY
Comprised of three locking drawers, and a "faux" drawer above which locks and falls to reveal secret drawers and compartments.
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Antique 19th Century Swedish Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Fir

  • Biedermeier Butler's Desk
  • Biedermeier Butler's Desk
  • Biedermeier Butler's Desk
  • Biedermeier Butler's Desk
H 42 in. W 39 in. D 16 in.
Stunning Small Burr Walnut Chest of Drawers with Butlers Tray Bedside Table
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely Vintage hand made in England Burr Walnut wood chest of drawers in the Georgian manor with butlers serving tray A very good looking a...
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21st Century and Contemporary English Georgian Commodes and Chests of Dr...

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Glass, Walnut

Military Campaign Brass Handled Side Table Chest of Drawers Leather Butlers Tray
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely handmade in England Yew wood military campaign side table chest of drawers with green leather butlers tray We have cleaned waxed and...
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20th Century British Victorian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Stunning Burr Walnut Chest of Drawers with Butlers Serving Tray Large Side Table
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to this lovely vintage burr walnut chest of drawers with butlers serving tray A good looking, functional and well made piece of furniture, the drawers all open an...
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20th Century English Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Burl

George Nelson Walnut Secretary Butler's Chest
By George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, walnut secretary cabinet, butler's chest by George Nelson features elegant, wrought iron legs with cupcake pulls. The top of the cabinet folds down for a desk hei...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Secretaires

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Wrought Iron

English 19th Century Butler's Cupboard
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A fabulous painted pine butler's pantry would have felt right at home in Downton Abbey. The yellow paint is original to the piece and has rich patina; the interior of the top cupboar...
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Antique 19th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

  • English 19th Century Butler's Cupboard
  • English 19th Century Butler's Cupboard
  • English 19th Century Butler's Cupboard
  • English 19th Century Butler's Cupboard
H 84.25 in. W 57.75 in. D 18.75 in.
Lovely Military Campaign Small Drawers Burr Yew Wood Green Leather Butlers Tray
By Bevan Funnell Ltd.
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely Vintage handmade in England Burr Yew wood chest of drawers in the Military campaign manor with green leather butlers serving tray Pl...
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20th Century English Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Leather, Yew

Chippendale Style Mahogany and Bronze Block Front Butler's Chest, circa 1940
Located in Big Flats, NY
Vintage Chippendale style butler's chest features mahogany construction with four drawer block front design and bronze pulls, circa 1940 Measures: 32" H x 36" W x 20&quo...
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Mid-20th Century American Chippendale Dressers

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Bronze

18th Century English Chest on Chest with Butlers Desk
Located in Charleston, SC
This beautiful piece was made in England during the late 18th Century around year 1760-1770. Every part of this item is original including the handles and escutcheons. The top sectio...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Bookcases

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Mahogany

Mahogany 2 Part Campaign Secretary Chest or Butlers Desk
Located in Palm Beach, FL
A beautiful 2 part campaign chest with a faux 2 drawer top drawer, dropping down to reveal a secretary interior with tooled green leather inset, pigeon holes, and a single drawer. We...
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Antique 19th Century English Secretaires

Antique American Mahogany Baltimore 'Butler's' Desk/Secretary Chest, circa 1820
By John Needles
Located in Portland, OR
Antique American mahogany Baltimore 'Butler's' desk/secretary chest, circa 1820. The desk made of fine figured mahogany, the top drawer being a fall front secretary with a fitted int...
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Antique Early 19th Century American American Empire Dressers

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Mahogany

Harrods Kennedy Military Campaign Small Chest of Drawers + Butlers Serving Tray
By Harrods, Kennedy Furniture For Harrods London
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely vintage mahogany bachelors chest of drawers with sliding butlers serving tray made by REH Kennedy and retailed through Harrods, London ...
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20th Century English Campaign Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Georgian Style Small Chest of Drawers Burr Yew Wood Green Leather Butlers Tray
By Bevan Funnell Ltd.
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely Vintage handmade in England Burr Yew wood chest of drawers in the Georgian manor with luxury green leather butlers serving tray A ve...
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20th Century English Georgian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Leather, Yew

Antique American Empire Carved Mahogany, Tiger Maple & Burl Butler's Chest
Located in Big Flats, NY
Antique American Empire flame mahogany butler's chest features bookmatched flame mahogany drawers with tiger maple and burl facing, front drops to reveal writing surface and interior...
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Antique Early 19th Century American American Empire Desks

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Bone, Glass, Mahogany, Burl

Butlers Chest For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic butlers chest available at 1stDibs. A butlers chest — often made from wood, mahogany and softwood — can elevate any home. There are many kinds of the butlers chest you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. A butlers chest, designed in the Georgian, Modern or Victorian style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. Bevan Funnell Ltd., Harrods and John Needles each produced at least one beautiful butlers chest that is worth considering.

How Much is a Butlers Chest?

Prices for a butlers chest can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $702 and can go as high as $16,500, while the average can fetch as much as $4,237.

Finding the Right Commodes Chests Of Drawers for You

Is it a commode or a chest of drawers?

Commode is the French term for a low chest of drawers, but it is also sometimes used to denote a piece with a particularly intricate design. The commode dates to circa 1700 France, where it was used as an alternative to a taller cabinet piece so as to not obscure paneled, mirrored or tapestried walls. Coffers, or chests, which were large wooden boxes with hinged lids and sometimes stood on ball feet, preceded chests of drawers, a fashionable cabinet furnishing that garnered acclaim for its obvious storage potential and versatility.

As time passed, French and British furniture makers led the way in the production of chests of drawers, and features like the integration of bronze and ornamental pulls became commonplace. Antique French commodes in the Louis XV style were sometimes crafted in mahogany or walnut, while an Italian marble top added a sophisticated decorative flourish. This specific type of case piece grew in popularity and double chests — tallboys and highboys, which were essentially one chest on top of another — followed.

So, what makes a chest of drawers different from a common dresser? Dressers are short, and chests of drawers are overall taller pieces of furniture that typically do not have room on the top for a mirror as most dressers do. Some chests of drawers have one column of four to six long drawers or three long drawers in their bottom section that are topped by a cluster of small side-by-side drawers on the top. To further complicate things, we sometimes refer to particularly short chests of drawers as nightstands.

Even though chests of drawers are commonly thought of as bedroom furniture to store clothing, these are adaptable pieces. A chest of drawers can house important documents — think of your walnut Art Deco commode as an upgrade to your filing cabinet. Nestle your chest near your home’s front door to store coats and other outerwear, while the top can be a place to drop your handbag. Add some flair to your kitchen, where this lovable case piece can hold pots, pans and even cookbooks.

When shopping for the right chest of drawers for your home, there are a few key things to consider: What will you be storing in it? How big a chest will you need? Speaking of size, don’t dream too big. If your space is on the smaller side, a more streamlined vintage mid-century modern chest of drawers, perhaps one designed by Paul McCobb or T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, may best suit your needs.

At 1stDibs, we make it easy to add style and storage to your home. Browse our collection of antique and vintage commodes and chests of drawers today.