This is a very rare bachelor’s chest made in the period of George II between 1727 and 1760 in England.
The materials are North American red walnut for the sides and rail fronts, and Honduras mahogany for the drawer fronts and fold over top, with oak drawer linings, finish is heavily patinated wax finish.
These pieces were thought to have been made for wealthy bachelors who were moving into rooms in the big city, and were believed to be used as desks and general storage of clothes etc, the earliest ones made in the early 1700’s till about 1750 had the fold over top, that being superseded by the brush slide type where the top extension slides out from under the top.
The brass handles and escutcheon plate some of which have been renewed with identical copies are a very clear indication, being a well-known George II pattern, the drawer configuration is somewhat unique as the two sets of single drawers above the larger is unheard of till now, being usually only one pair of smaller drawers above three larger.
The overall very well quite heavily used and patinated finish is very desirable on a Bachelors chests, and this one certainly ticks all those boxes with the interior surface of the top showing countless small ink stains etc. It has had exstensive restoration of around 100 hours to return it to a valuable and desirable piece, any repairs that have been carried out using the appropriate period timber 200 yrs old and pattinas have been matched where necercerry.
Size : 92cm x 38cm x 78cm high, top open it is 76cm x 92cm.