British Colonial Teakwood Blanket ChestMid 19th century
An antique British colonial blanket chest on stand in teakwood. It is made of solid plank construction, including the dome shaped top. This top is secured to the back by three large brass hinges that are mounted on the outside. The front features two elaborate brass escutcheons, the original locks still present.
The chest can be locked using the hasps that are situated at the end of the brass straps on the outside of the chest. These two straps have the same design as the hinges at the back and are cleverly positioned opposite each other, creating nice symmetry. The sides have brass lift handles. Inside a large storage compartment. The chest sits on a base with a scalloped apron and is resting on four cabriole legs ending in a claw foot.
People owned a number of chests. The many moves from post to post undertaken by the trading companies officials in the course of their careers made the chest an indispensable item of furniture in every household. They were mainly used for storage, but due to their striking appearance also served as a display of wealth by the owner.
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British colonial India
H: 86 cm W: 145 cm D: 68 cm
H: 34” W: 57” D: 27”