A delightful mid-19th century stained pine miniature "apprentice made" chest of five graduated drawers.
Apprentice made: so called, because miniature items of furniture were made by apprentices of joinery firms, in order to show off their expertise to their employers. I think this one did quite well, with a lot of attention to detail!
It has two small drawers at the top and three graduating larger drawers beneath. All have a cock beaded edge and dovetail joints to the front and back. They also have small ebonised circular knobs and the drawer bottoms have been There is a shaped skirt to the base front and sides, and a nicely shaped top with timber moulding, to match the base.
When made, it was stained with a few coats of shellac or button polish, which has some really nice age related crazing. I haven't altered or removed the finish, as it is part of its rustic charm. It has had a few minor repairs over the years and has its fair share of age related wear, which makes it what it is! There has been some woodworm in the underside of the base, which looks to be historic. It has been treated as a precaution, before re-waxing. It has been fully cleaned and restored and is now in overall very nice antique condition.
Measurements: 35.6 cm wide, 16 cm deep and 36.7 cm high. The vertical depth of the largest drawer is 6.3 cm.

Mid 19th Century "Apprentice made" Stained Pine Miniature Chest of Drawers


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