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Antique Chest in Black, Germany
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
Antique German open chest/box in black from approximate 1860 presumably for the storage of music notes. Dimensions: 44 cm high, 71 cm wide, 51 cm deep.
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Antique 19th Century German Blanket Chests

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Oak, Wood

  • Antique Chest in Black, Germany
  • Antique Chest in Black, Germany
  • Antique Chest in Black, Germany
  • Antique Chest in Black, Germany
H 17.33 in. W 27.96 in. D 20.08 in.
Antique 18th Century Black Carved Oak Dutch Renaissance Chest
Located in Casteren, NL
This beautiful black colored Renaissance chest or coffer was made in the early 18th century. It was made in the finest quality summer oak and stained very dark, almost black. The fro...
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Antique Early 18th Century Dutch Renaissance Blanket Chests

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Oak

Late 18th Century Primitive Cedar Black Painted Settle, Trunk, Chest
Located in Basingstoke, Hampshire
A late 18th-century Primitive cedar black painted settle - trunk. Displaying hand-hewn wide boards of mountain cedarwood, adoring a simplistic design demonstrating two finials at eit...
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Antique 18th Century Asian Blanket Chests

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Cedar

Moroccan Chest
Located in Wrexham, GB
A decorative Moroccan chest with pressed metal decoration.
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20th Century Moroccan Moorish Blanket Chests

  • Moroccan Chest
  • Moroccan Chest
  • Moroccan Chest
  • Moroccan Chest
H 34 in. W 53 in. D 24 in.
Blanket Chest Swedish Baroque 18th Century Swedish Black, Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Blanket chest Swedish Baroque 18th century Swedish black, Sweden. A blanket chest made during the Baroque period in Sweden. Repainted in our Laserow black. Original hardware and lock...
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Antique Early 18th Century Swedish Baroque Blanket Chests

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Wood

A Painted Chinese Chest
Located in Chicago, IL
This raised painted chest is made of Pine wood and features two separate compartments.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Blanket Chests

Materials

Pine

  • A Painted Chinese Chest
  • A Painted Chinese Chest
  • A Painted Chinese Chest
  • A Painted Chinese Chest
H 35.5 in. W 64.5 in. D 18 in.
19th Century Swiss Black Forest Carved Dowry Chest or Trunk with Needlework
Located in Haarlem, NL
Charming hand carved mid-sized wooden Folk Art dowry chest from the Black Forest area of Switzerland, made circa the turn of the century. It features a beautifully hand carved fl...
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Antique Late 19th Century Swiss Black Forest Blanket Chests

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

19th Century Baroque Lid Chest, Chest Blacksmith Iron Early
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid wood decorated with rich wrought iron fittings.       
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Antique Early 19th Century German Baroque Blanket Chests

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Wood

Early English Oak Chest
Located in Houston, TX
Early English oak chest, joined English paneled coffer, or chest, constructed in the late 17th or early 18th century. Used to store and protect a household's fine linens, clothing an...
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Antique Early 18th Century English Jacobean Blanket Chests

Materials

Oak, Oak

  • Early English Oak Chest
  • Early English Oak Chest
  • Early English Oak Chest
  • Early English Oak Chest
H 22 in. W 44 in. D 19 in.
1747 Six Plank Chest
Located in New York, NY
Good 18th century English oak six plank chest, the simple top with original iron strap hinges and lock hasp over bootjack sides having arched feet and scroll carving, the front decor...
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Antique 1740s English George II Blanket Chests

  • 1747 Six Plank Chest
  • 1747 Six Plank Chest
  • 1747 Six Plank Chest
  • 1747 Six Plank Chest
H 18.25 in. W 42 in. D 11.75 in.
18th Century Dutch Chest
Located in Casteren, NL
18th century Dutch chest made from Oakwood. This chest is hand-carved and has an extra, small storing unit on the inside. Original wrought iron hardware. Originates Netherlands, d...
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Antique Late 18th Century Dutch Blanket Chests

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Oak

  • 18th Century Dutch Chest
  • 18th Century Dutch Chest
  • 18th Century Dutch Chest
  • 18th Century Dutch Chest
H 29.14 in. W 49.22 in. D 23.23 in.
Antique Indonesian Wooden Blanket Chest with Inner Red and Black Lacquered Decor
Located in Yonkers, NY
An Indonesian antique wooden blanket chest from the early 20th century, with red lacquered interior lid, lateral handles and bracket feet. Born in Indonesia during the early years of...
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Early 20th Century Indonesian Blanket Chests

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Wood, Lacquer

18th Century Dutch Chest
Located in Casteren, NL
18th century Dutch chest made from Oakwood. This chest is hand-carved and has an extra, small storing unit on the inside. Original wrought iron hardware. Originates Netherlands, d...
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Antique Late 18th Century Dutch Blanket Chests

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Oak

  • 18th Century Dutch Chest
  • 18th Century Dutch Chest
  • 18th Century Dutch Chest
  • 18th Century Dutch Chest
H 27.56 in. W 58.27 in. D 23.63 in.
Nuremberg Chest or Pirate Chest from the 17th Century in Wrought Iron
Located in Brussels, Brussels
Nuremberg safe/ chest or pirate chest in barded and riveted iron from the 17th century from Germany Nuremberg It has two large side handles Very elegant safe with a beautiful patin...
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Antique 17th Century German Renaissance Blanket Chests

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Iron

Qing Dynasty 19th Century Black and Gold Blanket Chest with Chinoiserie Painting
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Qing Dynasty blanket chest on base from the 19th century, with chinoiserie painting on the front. Crafted in China during the Qing Dynasty, this black and gold chest featur...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Blanket Chests

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Wood

English Chinoiserie Painted Pine Chest
Located in Stamford, CT
An English pine chest with painted chinoiserie decoration added in the mid 19th century.
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Antique 19th Century English Blanket Chests

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Wood

  • English Chinoiserie Painted Pine Chest
  • English Chinoiserie Painted Pine Chest
  • English Chinoiserie Painted Pine Chest
  • English Chinoiserie Painted Pine Chest
H 22.75 in. W 53 in. D 24 in.
English Carved Oak Coffer Chest
Located in Woodbury, CT
This is an 19th century English oak coffer chest, similar to what we in the states would describe as a hope chest. This particular chest has a lid that opens to reveal an interior fu...
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Antique 19th Century British Victorian Blanket Chests

Materials

Oak

  • English Carved Oak Coffer Chest
  • English Carved Oak Coffer Chest
  • English Carved Oak Coffer Chest
  • English Carved Oak Coffer Chest
H 34 in. W 57 in. D 23.75 in.
18th Century German Oakwood Chest
Located in Casteren, NL
18th century German chest made from oakwood. This chest is hand-carved and has an extra, small storing unit on the inside. Original wrought iron hardware. Originates Netherlands, ...
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Antique Early 18th Century German Blanket Chests

Materials

Oak

  • 18th Century German Oakwood Chest
  • 18th Century German Oakwood Chest
  • 18th Century German Oakwood Chest
  • 18th Century German Oakwood Chest
H 30.32 in. W 51.19 in. D 25.6 in.
Eagle Stencilled Sea Chest, circa 1800
Located in Providence, RI
This sea chest has an asymmetric form which obviously was made to fit within the confines of a ship. This chest is all original and has had no alterations or modifications. There is ...
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Antique 19th Century American Primitive Blanket Chests

  • Eagle Stencilled Sea Chest, circa 1800
  • Eagle Stencilled Sea Chest, circa 1800
  • Eagle Stencilled Sea Chest, circa 1800
  • Eagle Stencilled Sea Chest, circa 1800
H 17 in. W 38 in. D 17 in.
English Leather Blanket Chest. Circa 1820-30
Located in Charleston, SC
English leather blanket chest with original brass mounts, braided tacks, and brass side handles. All original. Early 19th Century
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Antique 19th Century English Blanket Chests

  • English Leather Blanket Chest. Circa 1820-30
  • English Leather Blanket Chest. Circa 1820-30
  • English Leather Blanket Chest. Circa 1820-30
  • English Leather Blanket Chest. Circa 1820-30
H 17 in. W 35.5 in. D 18.25 in.
19th Century Iron and Wood Chest
Located in Stockton, NJ
A 19th century iron and wood chest by Vanderman. Made in USA. Iron and wood body with handwrought handles and lock.
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Antique Late 19th Century American Industrial Blanket Chests

  • 19th Century Iron and Wood Chest
  • 19th Century Iron and Wood Chest
  • 19th Century Iron and Wood Chest
  • 19th Century Iron and Wood Chest
H 24 in. W 45 in. D 23 in.
Diminutive Blanket Chest, Mid-19th Century
Located in Providence, RI
This came from an old local providence family whose residence is near Brown University. The decendent was an admiral with a long Mayflower pedigree. Lots of good stuff came out of th...
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Antique 19th Century American American Colonial Blanket Chests

  • Diminutive Blanket Chest, Mid-19th Century
  • Diminutive Blanket Chest, Mid-19th Century
  • Diminutive Blanket Chest, Mid-19th Century
  • Diminutive Blanket Chest, Mid-19th Century
H 14.25 in. W 29.5 in. D 15.25 in.
17th Century Spanish Walnut Marriage Chest
Located in New York, NY
17th century Catalan walnut marriage chest or "archa de novia" the top opening to reveal a paneled interior with pen work decorated panels with birds, figures and foliate designs, th...
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Antique 17th Century Spanish Renaissance Blanket Chests

Materials

Fruitwood, Walnut

Chest Original Paint, 19th Century, Sweden
Located in New York, NY
A, 19th century original paint chest, Sweden. A chest made 1854 in Sweden. Original paint and iron hardware. Flat lid-later adjustment. Storage inside with small compartment.       
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Antique Mid-19th Century Swedish Folk Art Blanket Chests

  • Chest Original Paint, 19th Century, Sweden
  • Chest Original Paint, 19th Century, Sweden
  • Chest Original Paint, 19th Century, Sweden
  • Chest Original Paint, 19th Century, Sweden
H 23 in. W 54.5 in. D 24.5 in.
Leather Chest Probably from Cordoba, 19th Century
Located in Brussels, Brussels
Elegant 19th century leather chest probably from Cordoba Rectangular shaped chest with its domed top. This beautiful chest has a very fine leather decor in superb condition and sup...
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Antique 19th Century Spanish Aesthetic Movement Blanket Chests

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Leather

  • Leather Chest Probably from Cordoba, 19th Century
  • Leather Chest Probably from Cordoba, 19th Century
  • Leather Chest Probably from Cordoba, 19th Century
  • Leather Chest Probably from Cordoba, 19th Century
H 17.72 in. W 31.89 in. D 15.75 in.
Morrocan Red Leather and Brass Studded Chest
Located in Salt Lake City, UT
A dark red leather chest with pine interior and beautifully decorated on the exterior with brass studs and handles.
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Antique 19th Century Moroccan Blanket Chests

Materials

Brass

Original Painted Dowry Chest Trunk or Luggage, Dated 1840
Located in Stamford, CT
A dated, signed, inscribed 1840 incredibly detailed original painted dowry chest or trunk with original lock and key. This large and impressive chest even bears the original metal en...
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Antique Mid-19th Century American Classical Blanket Chests

Anglo-Indian Damchiya Hope Chest Chair, India, 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
Anglo-Indian Damchiya Hope Chest Bench or Settee. These Chests were designed to hold the bride’s dowry and then to store precious silks, linens and valuables. This is a rare one at ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Anglo-Indian Blanket Chests

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Iron

Salvador Corona Painted Blanket Chest, Mexico, circa 1940
By Salvador Corona
Located in Camden, ME
Salvador Carona (1895 - 1984) painted blanket or wedding chest hand crafted in Mexico, in the late 1930s. This was the property of the daughter of one of Mexico's wealthiest families...
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Vintage 1940s Mexican Folk Art Blanket Chests

Materials

Paint

English Oak Chest 17th-18th Century
Located in Great Barrington, MA
A paneled Jacobean cassone oak chest with straight legs, snipe hinges and the carved initials "I F". Can be used as blanket chest as a bench at foot of bed.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Charles II Blanket Chests

Materials

Oak

  • English Oak Chest 17th-18th Century
  • English Oak Chest 17th-18th Century
  • English Oak Chest 17th-18th Century
  • English Oak Chest 17th-18th Century
H 27.75 in. W 51.5 in. D 22.5 in.
Large 18th Century Oak Three-Drawer Mule Chest
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Large 18th century oak three-drawer Mule chest, This is fine looking piece, dating from the mid-18th century The coffer has a three plank hinged top, over a panelled front decor...
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Antique Late 18th Century Georgian Blanket Chests

Early 1900s British Campaign Rosewood Chest on Custom Stand
Located in Nantucket, MA
British Campaign rosewood chest with unusual carved reeded detail on all four sides. It has a fitted interior and secret drawers underneath. Great for use as a coffee table on a cust...
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Early 20th Century British Campaign Blanket Chests

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Brass

Chest on Stand Rustic Brown Wood Brass Nail Heads
Located in New York, NY
Chest on Stand Rustic Wood Brass Nail Heads. A decorative chest on a stand decorated with brass nail heads.
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Antique Mid-19th Century Spanish Baroque Blanket Chests

Rare Child's Camphor Wood Chest, Leather Bound and Brass Embellished
Located in Essex, MA
Early 19th century child's camphor wood chest --Original black leather binding and brass tacks.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Federal Blanket Chests

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Brass

Arcon, Chest, Coffer, Leather, Spanish, Baroque, Brass Studwork, Domed, Travel
Located in Eversholt, Bedfordshire
Exceptional, early 17th century, Spanish, leather, ‘Arcon’ or domed travelling coffer ornamented with brass studwork Surviving utalitarian pieces such as travelling coffers from t...
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Antique 1620s Spanish Baroque Blanket Chests

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Leather

Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Cedar Bench Storage Chest for Lane
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This classic mid-century storage chest features wonderful gold trim and a uniquely patterned upholstered top. Perfect dual use piece for both storage and occasional seating. Please c...
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Vintage 1970s American Blanket Chests

Welsh Oak Blanket Chest with Two Drawers, 18th Century
Located in Savannah, GA
18th century welsh oak blanket chest. The hinged rectangular top opening to a well above a panelled front over two short drawers, the stiles continue to form the feet.  
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Blanket Chests

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Oak

Chest with Thick Red Original Lacquer, Late 18th Century
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Chest with thick red original lacquer and very charming patina. "Shanxi" China 1780-1820.
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Antique Late 18th Century Chinese Qing Blanket Chests

Materials

Wood

English Oak Iron Bound Silver Chest 19th Century Trunk Blanket Box
Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, GB
An impressive late 19th century oak and iron bound chest formerly used as a silver chest. England, circa 1880.  
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Antique 19th Century English Blanket Chests

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Oak

French Baroque 17th Century Iron Bound Leather Chest or Coffer
Located in Troy, NY
Decorative rare Coffer / Blanket Chest. Covered with the Original Leather and beautiful, Decorative Wrought Iron Work. Fitted interior. Equally suited for storage or as side / small ...
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Antique Late 17th Century French Baroque Blanket Chests

Materials

Wrought Iron

American White Pine Decorative Floral Painted Blanket Chest , New York, C. 1819
Located in Charleston, SC
American White Pine hand painted floral blanket chest with original wrought iron strap hinges, interior till, and locking mechanism with key. C. 1819, New York, Early 19th Century
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Antique 1810s American American Colonial Blanket Chests

Materials

Wrought Iron

English Studded Black Leather Coach Trunk
Located in Montreal, QC
English studded black leather coach trunk, brass lock key hole stamped VR patent for Victoria Regina with a crown.
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Antique 1850s English Blanket Chests

Materials

Leather

19th Century English Campaign Trunk or Chest of Camphor Wood in Leather & Brass
Located in Philadelphia, PA
19th century handmade leather and brass-clad trunk over camphor wood. Item features strips of brass trim as well as decorative brass nailheads adorning the chest. Would work wonderfu...
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Antique Mid-19th Century British Blanket Chests

Materials

Brass

19th Century Black Forest Carved Trunk
Located in High Point, NC
19th century masterfully hand carved Black Forest trunk in the shape of a bundle of logs. This top opens to reveal a lined storage area. This is supported on hand carved and shaped l...
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Antique 19th Century Swiss Black Forest Blanket Chests

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Fruitwood

  • 19th Century Black Forest Carved Trunk
  • 19th Century Black Forest Carved Trunk
  • 19th Century Black Forest Carved Trunk
  • 19th Century Black Forest Carved Trunk
H 19 in. W 28 in. D 16 in.
Reclaimed Gurney & Co Black Ostrich Trunk, 20th Century
Located in London, GB
Black ostrich skin coach trunk made by Gurney & Co coach builders in Malvern, Worcestershire. The interior of the trunk is fabric lined with a single divider. Some loose areas to ost...
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20th Century European Blanket Chests

Materials

Ostrich Leather

19th Century Camphor Wood and Black Leather Bound Trunk
Located in Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
A beautiful early 19th century camphor wood and black leather bound trunk with brass carrying handles. The trunk has been finished with double studded brass detail and brass mounts t...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Campaign Blanket Chests

Materials

Leather

19th Century Painted Black Forest Footed Trunk
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century painted Black Forest footed trunk is a charming artifact from a bygone era, handcrafted by talented artisans in Germany along the French border. The paw feet lift the tr...
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Antique Late 19th Century German Black Forest Blanket Chests

Materials

Oak, Oak

20th Century French Wooden Coffer or Trunk Covered with Black Leather
Located in CH
This is 20th century French wooden coffer or trunk or blanket chest, with decorative iron strapping and iron handles. The arched top also has great patina and natural color. The inte...
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Early 20th Century French Blanket Chests

Materials

Iron

Georgian Leather & Brass Bound Trunk, 19th Century
Located in London, GB
An early 19th century Georgian leather covered and brass bound trunk. The wood trunk has black coloured leather covering the outside, held in place with brass studs and corner pla...
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Antique Early 19th Century European Blanket Chests

Materials

Leather

  • Georgian Leather & Brass Bound Trunk, 19th Century
  • Georgian Leather & Brass Bound Trunk, 19th Century
  • Georgian Leather & Brass Bound Trunk, 19th Century
  • Georgian Leather & Brass Bound Trunk, 19th Century
H 7.68 in. W 21.07 in. D 10.24 in.
Amazing Serigraphed Cabinet by Artist Emilio Tadini, Published Casa Vogue
By Emilio Tadini
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Beautiful and super rare 'Cassapanca di buona memoria' (chest of beautiful memories) by famed Italian artist Emilio Tadini (1927-2002). Tadini was invited to exhibit his paintings at...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Blanket Chests

Materials

Wood

Decorative Victorian Painted Tin Travel Trunk
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Decorative Victorian painted tin travel trunk. This is a very attractive piece, it is a 19th century tin trunk, it is in very good condition, it is painted in black and Gold with ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Victorian Blanket Chests

Materials

Tin

Hand Painted Carved Chinoiserie Trunk
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Intricate carving and hand painted detailing throughout make this one-of-a-kind chest a true statement piece. Solid wood construction on an elevated base with ornate hardware. Murals...
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Vintage 1980s Blanket Chests

  • Hand Painted Carved Chinoiserie Trunk
  • Hand Painted Carved Chinoiserie Trunk
  • Hand Painted Carved Chinoiserie Trunk
  • Hand Painted Carved Chinoiserie Trunk
H 28.5 in. W 65.5 in. D 22.5 in.
Industrial Metal Storage Trunk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage industrial metal storage trunk featuring a latch, and large spacious chest. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Blanket Chests

Materials

Metal

  • Industrial Metal Storage Trunk
  • Industrial Metal Storage Trunk
  • Industrial Metal Storage Trunk
  • Industrial Metal Storage Trunk
H 17 in. W 36 in. D 24 in.
19th Century French Gothic Leather Trunk in Iron Base with Chinoiserie Decor
Located in Dallas, TX
Decorate a hallway or game room with this elegant antique trunk; crafted in France circa 1830, the Gothic blanket coffer stands on a double X-shape stand. With a dome shape, the leat...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Gothic Blanket Chests

Materials

Iron

Spanish Baroque Style Leather Covered Trunk with Nailhead Decoration
Located in Atlanta, GA
having a hinged top and raised on shaped bracket feet, the entire surface (including rear) covered in leather and decorated in brass nailheads and brass panels, with two large brass ...
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Antique 1870s Spanish Baroque Revival Blanket Chests

Large 17th Century Inlaid Panelled Oak Coffer
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
A large 17th century inlaid panelled oak coffer. This is a lovely old piece, with a superb patina, the chest has three deep moulded panels on the front with a heavy oak plank top ...
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Antique 17th Century Gothic Blanket Chests

Possibly 18th Century Carved Italian Coffer
Located in Atlanta, GA
Possibly 18th century Carved Italian Coffer.
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Antique 18th Century Italian Blanket Chests

Early 19th C Italian Cassone with Marquetry and Bone Inlay
Located in Stamford, CT
Early 19th C Italian Cassone with Marquetry and Bone Inlay
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Antique 19th Century Italian Blanket Chests

Hand-Painted Carved Chinoiserie Trunk
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Intricate carving and hand-painted detailing throughout make this one-of-a-kind chest a true statement piece. Solid wood construction on an elevated base with ornate hardware. Murals...
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Vintage 1980s Hollywood Regency Blanket Chests

  • Hand-Painted Carved Chinoiserie Trunk
  • Hand-Painted Carved Chinoiserie Trunk
  • Hand-Painted Carved Chinoiserie Trunk
  • Hand-Painted Carved Chinoiserie Trunk
H 28.5 in. W 65.5 in. D 22.5 in.
Charles II Oak Coffer
Located in Essex, MA
With a two board top over a case section with two panels each with carved arches flanked by acanthus leaf carved columns raised on stile feet.
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Antique 1650s English Charles II Blanket Chests

Materials

Other

  • Charles II Oak Coffer
  • Charles II Oak Coffer
  • Charles II Oak Coffer
  • Charles II Oak Coffer
H 29.25 in. W 47.75 in. D 21.75 in.
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Chest Office Black For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the chest office black you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Each chest office black for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, metal and oak. There are 76 variations of the antique or vintage chest office black you’re looking for, while we also have 3 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. There are many kinds of the chest office black you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. A chest office black is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Baroque, Victorian and Folk Art styles are sought with frequency. You’ll likely find more than one chest office black that is appealing in its simplicity, but Agresti, Jim Rose and Jones Brothers & Co. produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Chest Office Black?

Prices for a chest office black start at $382 and top out at $28,000 with the average selling for $2,796.

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