Early carved oak blanket chest or coffer, pegged construction, rectangular hinged top with cleated ends over a case with four carved linenfold panels to front and two linenfold panels on each side. Feet are extensions of stiles. Incised initials I.M. to front. Two interior tills, one on each side. No side handles. Wrought iron rectangular hinges. 26" H x 48 1/2" W x 20" D. British or Continental, late 16th/early 17th century and later. CONDITION: Original dark surface. Old lock removed with corresponding patch/repairs to center front. Pieced repairs to each front side. Hinges, screws and top appear old but are likely not original.Old repair to top. Loss of height to feet. Wear, minor losses and shrinkage throughout. Small hole to back. Bottom likely replaced, but is old and has old patch repair.
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