Correct name for this type of furniture?

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  1. JohnLunn

    JohnLunn New Member Hello everyone, I'm looking to sell this piece of furniture I have and have no idea what I would actually call it lol struggling to upload pics due to file size, if it's not clear the top lifts for storage. Hoping you helpful people will know the name. Thanks in advance!
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  2. JohnLunn

    JohnLunn New Member Here it is open
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  3. judy

    judy Well-Known Member

    Hi John! Welcome to Antiquers............:cat:

    It looks to be cedar lined. Storage chest and/or "Hope Chest" which was filled with household "white" goods when a girl became engaged. Not sure when they went out of style.

    YOurs looks like it could be from the 20's to the 50's, but others may have a better idea on age.
  4. JohnLunn

    JohnLunn New Member

    Thank you so much for your help Judy, much appreciated.
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  5. judy

    judy Well-Known Member

    You're welcome.

    But do wait for better information by others.............
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  6. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    Hi John. Please use full image rather than thumbnail If you do then people on phones will be able to help you better
  7. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    Is there any mark or name on it. This could be a clue. That handle is very interesting, at least to me who is not a furniture person. Can we get a close up?
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  8. JohnLunn

    JohnLunn New Member No markings anywhere unfortunately, here's a close up, also included how it attaches from inside as I find that quite interesting too as im used to seeing just a Phillips head bolt.

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  9. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    What I learned here is that a phillps head screw is an indicator of age, as they were invented in the 1930's. Not that this is meaningful with respect to the name and date of your piece, but just a piece of information for the future.
  10. verybrad

    verybrad Well-Known Member

    It is not cedar lined but does seem to be a blanket chest. 20s-30s seems right.
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  11. JohnLunn

    JohnLunn New Member

    Thank you for your reply.
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  12. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Ofen called blanket boxes here. Where in the world is this located?
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  13. JohnLunn

    JohnLunn New Member

    Located in England, I was thrown off with the name blanket box before as the only ones I'd seen were always much lower to the ground.
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  14. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    I thought it was one of ours. Those studs on the back of the handle are absolutely typical. Said handle looks like French Ivory, which isn't ivory at all. Inside looks like pine, outside is stained, frame is probably elm or beech, which would be common here.

    As to height, I've a just post war one which is well off the ground. It's a bit of a muddle stylistically, which makes me think it's 20s not 30s - the carved flower motif is an earlier style than the added front moulding or the handle.

    It's unusual to get castors - any chance of a photo of them? Also, tip it up and see if anything is scrawled on the bottom.

    Not massive value but it's useful.
  15. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    You don't give a size, but for a blanket chest, which I presume it is, it certainly is a deep one!! My back would be MUCH happier if it had a drawer on the bottom, instead of that depth, but nevertheless, a nice solid storage chest!!!!:):)
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  16. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Mine is really deep: I used to practically fall into the thing when I was little!
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  17. JohnLunn

    JohnLunn New Member

    The chest portion is about 70cm deep, I certainly wouldn't enjoy getting things out on bad back days lol
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  18. JohnLunn

    JohnLunn New Member Thank you so much for all the information. Nothing on the bottom, as for the bottom internally someone has previously stuck down some old wall paper to line it so I can't see anything. Here's a picture of one of the castors, they are all a bit rusty.
  19. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Cast iron castors. In that case, looking at them, I think it may be a bit earlier, perhaps just before WW1.

    As an aside, Phillips head screws weren't widely used here until the fifties or later.
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  20. JohnLunn

    JohnLunn New Member

    Can't thank you enough for sharing your knowledge. Learning more about it is making me more sad than I already was to get rid of it lol
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