• Item: Chest / Coffer
• Provenance England, UK
• Period: Charles II
• Circa: 1660
• Mid 17th Century
• Wood: Solid oak
• Six-plank boarded design
• Primitive Punch-work carvings
• Owner’s initials “R.B.” inscribed on front panel
• Original demi-lune scribe carvings
• Original chip-edge carvings
• Old strike / lock plate
• Original iron strap hinges
• Original candle box
• Original lid, sides, back & bottom
• Original length “v shaped” cut-out bracket feet (stiles)
• Small proportions
• Original polish & patination
• Lovely deep rich oxblood colour
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This is a primitive antique English Charles II English oak six-plank boarded chest / coffer, incorporating the carved initials “R.B.” on the front, circa 1660, in good condition. The chest is primitively constructed using six planks, with butt joints to the corners, secured by handmade iron nails. They were referred to as “boarded” chests that evolved into panelled coffers later on in the 18th century. The hinged lid is decorated with simple “chip-edge” carved moulding to the front and sides of the lid. The front of the chest is decorated with small primitive punch work star and cross carvings, along with lunette shaped scribe carvings across the frieze and primitive chip-edge carvings to the corners. The initials “R.B.” are carved into the front panel on a sunken background and would have most likely been the owner who the chest was originally commissioned for. The lid retains its original iron strap hinges, along with an old lock plate to the front. Please note, there is no lock or key. The interior is clean, dry and the coffer is practical and usable and retains the original candle box. The chest stands on its original length stiles (feet), which were constructed from saw cuts forming v-shaped bracket feet, which were deliberately continued higher on the external surface. It is nice to see the feet at the original height; usually they are cut down, damaged or some get worn away standing on damp / cold floors (as the feet were the main point of contact with damp floors). The back of the coffer features the original rough-hewn back and original floor. The coffer features the original wax polish therefore it has a lovely rich dark oak colour and patination.
Such chests were used to store valuable possessions, and were common in many rooms of the house. Sometimes given as a dowry (wedding present); they were lockable and were used to store all manner of valuable possessions from weapons, clothing, and blankets to utensils.
This is a primitive oak coffer having been around in the days of Charles II, Cromwell’s conquest of Ireland & Scotland and the Great Fire of London. This style of primitive coffer was constructed all over England from the 16th century onwards and was the precursor to the chest of drawers. They were also used as benches. Local carpenters, rather than cabinetmakers made them for ubiquitous use in their local area.
This item would look great in a variety of rooms from the hallway, to the living room or bedroom, as an ottoman at the foot of the bed.
This is a primitive antique English Charles II English oak six-plank boarded chest / coffer, incorporating the carved initials “R.B.” on the front, circa 1660, in good condition. Nominal old marks to the top, edges, sides and front of the lid but nothing significant considering the age of the item. Age related undulating movement to the lid (see photos). Original carvings to the front of the chest. The coffer stands on the original length stiles (feet), which is rare to see. Old strike / lock plate. No lock or key. The interior is clean, dry, and usable and retains its original candle box. Such old use marks are inevitable and perfectly acceptable due to its age and use it would have received. Evidence of historical woodworm, which has been thoroughly treated. Please note, it is common for most furniture of this age to have signs of historical woodworm. The coffer is solid in joint, it does not wobble on the floor and is ready to use.
Height = 49.7cm or 19⅝” or 1ft 7⅝”
External Width = 92cm or 36¼” or 3ft 0¼”
External Depth = 33.7cm or 13⅛” or 1ft 1⅛”
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