18th Century Solid Riven Oak Six Plank Chest

18th Century Solid Riven Oak Six Plank Chest

This is a stunning 18th century six plank chest in oak.


Six plank chests were one of the earliest forms of furniture and storage dating from as early as 1200 AD, and remained popular for hundreds of years with country carpenters making them up until the late 18th century.


It was common for chests like these to be the only piece of furniture in a simple home, and although primarily used to store valuables (hence the presence of an elaborate lock) they were also used as seating, and even a table. They date from a time when the country was less stable and people might need to move quickly, hence storing everything important in one item and not having too much to move. It was only in later centuries when things became more settled and social change meant people had greater personal and social needs for a whole range of furniture (and there was time to "evolve" this piece into more practical forms like the mule chest, and, eventually, chests of drawers).


This chest features a beautiful, tiger stripped, riven solid oak front panel with subtle chip carving to the edges, along with some stamp work. The original wire loop hinges have been replaced with butt hinges at some point, although there is evidence of these once being present on the top. The top is is scratch moulded around the perimeter.


This chest is in excellent solid condition with all wear commensurate with age. There is a repair around the lock mechanism to both the front and top - I presume that someone once lost the key and needed to get into it in a hurry. A beautiful example of the classic six plank chest - a great piece of simple, classic design, and an important remnant of furniture in social history.



Width: 867mm, (34 In)

Depth: 350mm, (14 In)

Height: 409mm, (16 In)


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