A Narrow Early 17th Century Plank Chest

A Narrow Early 17th Century Plank Chest
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A Narrow Early 17th Century Plank Chest

C. 1600 to 1625 England
POA
Height22.00 inch
55.88 cm
Width48.00 inch
121.92 cm
Depth13.50 inch
34.29 cm
The plank top and front, which retain the original hasp and lockplate, are both decorated with run-moulded edges, whilst the backboard and bottom board are quite plain. The boarded ends have a simple “V” cut which extends down to form an integral support. The interior retains the original “candle-box” or “till”.

Many years ago, these long narrow chests were often called “sword” chests, but I think this is a bit of a Victorian misnomer!

Rich, burnished chestnut colour.

English, first quarter of the 17th century.

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