Interesting Chest

Discussion in 'Furniture' started by AntiqueHobbit, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. AntiqueHobbit

    AntiqueHobbit Active Member

    So my wife grabbed this guy at Goodwill for literally a buck. I like it because it looks like a pirates chest but we are curious what we have. The stamp on the bottom saying “Hecho en Mexico” seems to be a pretty clear sign it isn’t an antique, but I’m wondering... do you think the whole thing was made in Mexico or just that that part was made in Mexico and then used to assemble it in a wood shop? Also we can’t figure out how to open it... there’s a whole for a key that has a little metal peg sticking out but no key. Any advice? There’s something in it and we’re curious as to what it is but we don’t want to break it if it had any value. Thanks!
  2. Ghopper1924

    Ghopper1924 Well-Known Member

    I imagine that the whole thing was made in Mexico fairly recently.
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  3. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

    Is the peg in the lock square? Maybe show a photo.
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  4. Dawnno

    Dawnno Well-Known Member

    at least two boards were assembled in Mexico since the stamp spans both... and when stamped, both boards were attached to the side frame, and since the side frame is secured to all four walls, and since you can't get guess is it's not a shop project.

    more likely pine furniture/chest:

    Looks like the top will come off if lift by both sides and yank. Then again, it might all just be for looks and permanently attached.

    Attached Files:

  5. AntiqueHobbit

    AntiqueHobbit Active Member

    Those links really help thanks!
    The lock and everything were actually real... got it open by removing a few nails carefully and then replacing them. So mystery solved! Turns out I was right about it being paper... guess someone stored old receipts and orders taken from a local restaurant that no longer exists. They were all from the mid-nineties... and given the way the books were going someone was consistently stealing money from the register!
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