Antique chest

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by Ivan9, May 23, 2020 at 3:23 AM.

  1. Ivan9

    Ivan9 New Member

    Hi everyone

    I have this antique chest which I buy in Switzerland.
    What is meaning of this numbers and latters on chest?
    What is country origin?

    Thank you
     

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  2. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

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    maybe made between 1887 and 1888...
     
  3. Jeff Drum

    Jeff Drum Well-Known Member

    Looks like "1788", with "MB" in the middle. Looks Northern European (maybe Scandinavian?), but I know American much better than European, so you'll get more help from others. I'm always suspicious of dates on furniture, but this looks like it could be correct but you will need to look it over carefully to figure out whether it looks right? How big is it?
     
  4. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    still, a better suggestion than mine !!! :hilarious::hilarious:
     
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  5. Fid

    Fid Well-Known Member

  6. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Welcome Ivan9.
    I was wondering exactly the same.:confused:

    This is the northern European painting style, Dutch in this case:

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    Its Norwegian counterpart:

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  7. Ivan9

    Ivan9 New Member

    Thank you

    What is meaning of words BM?
    Is it sign of manufacturer maybe?

    Measures of chest :

    Length 64 cm or 25 inches
    Width 32 cm or 12.6 inches
    Height 37.5 cm or 14.7 inches
     
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  8. Fid

    Fid Well-Known Member

    with these measures it's a single chest for one person that was put at the footing of the bed - same as with the Amish. BM would be the initials of the owner.
    single beds were much smaller than today, especially when they were intended for farm hands; not unusual that the were only 50 to 60 cm wide and 160 to 170 long.
     
  9. kyratango

    kyratango Bug jewellery addiction!

    Initials of the bride!
     
  10. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

    Maybe you should post photos of the inside and bottom if you can. Furniture folks might get a better feel of if the age seems accurate.
     
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  11. Marie Forjan

    Marie Forjan Well-Known Member

    Sweet! I like it :)
     
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  12. Ivan9

    Ivan9 New Member

    So, the conclusion is: lt's a marriage chest from 1788th year. Words BM are initials of the owner, probably of the bride??

    The way the boards are joined on the coffin and the hand-made nails confirm the age of the chest.
     

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  13. i need help

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  14. Fid

    Fid Well-Known Member

    most important pic missing - the inside.
     
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  15. 808 raver

    808 raver Well-Known Member

    A close up photo of the lock would help
     
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  16. Fid

    Fid Well-Known Member

    here some nice photos of former owners of such chests. old agricultural servants in their pensioners home where they still live as they were used to. partially self-sustaining, many still getting up at 4 to 5 am...
    sometimes hiding behind the outer buildings and smoking self-cultivated "tobacco" or making a relaxing tea when feeling unwell...
    the other side of the finance and insurance industry...
    many with terrible childhoods as children of single mothers - taken away, placed with farmers etc. - well into the 1970s.
    https://www.swissinfo.ch/ger/dienstbotenheim/5303742

    https://oeschberg-der-lebensort.ch/
     
  17. Ivan9

    Ivan9 New Member

    Photo of the lock. Raver asked.
     

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