A charming apprentice made, Victorian oak chest of four graduated drawers. In the 19th century, it was a customary practice for apprentices to make small items of furniture in order to learn their trade and display their skills to their employer. It has been given a mahogany stain which I must admit, initially fooled me in to thinking it was mahogany. All the drawers have dovetail joints, front and back and have small turned wooden knobs. They have been contructed from pine with an oak front, which was the usual thing to do with furniture making in general, using the better quality timber for the parts on view!
It has been carefully cleaned, re-waxed and polished. In excellent antique condition with good patination. When cleaning the drawers, I discovered the smallest coin I have ever seen (see photo), which was wedged in a crack. It turned out to be a 1901 silver threepence and will continue to accompany the miniature chest of drawers. It would have been worth £1.57 when minted!
Measurements: 25 cm wide, 15 cm deep and 25.5 cm high.

Victorian Apprentice made, Miniature Oak Chest of Drawers

  • Cleaned and restored (where necessary) to a high standard. All you need to do is wipe over with a soft cloth from time to time. Occasionally use a spray furniture polish that contains bees wax, which will maintain its satin sheen. Please don’t use a silicone spray as this could be detrimental to the waxed surface.

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