Sometimes in the vintage lover's world, an object comes along that both baffles and delights; this extraordinary vintage tool chest definitely fits the bill.
Hand-made from solid oak wood, the tool chest is beautiful on the outside, but it's what inside where the real magic happens.
Clearly, this was a "man's" tool chest complete with a little personal "flavor."
Upon opening the heavy hinged lid, you will find several black and white photos along with red metal tags labeled "Kismet" attached to the underside.
Some other little metal tabs read "Piper Heidsieck, Champagne Flavor". These are the lids from their champagne flavored chewing tobacco.
Silver-tone tacks hold some of the photos in place.
Each of the black and white photos features a pretty lady; there are 5 photos and one newspaper clipping. There is one other piece of paper that looks like an old time card; it reads "Operation Time Report" from Rich Steel Products Div. (sion).
You can see the remnants of a woolly lining inside the top part of the chest. You will also find a narrow box that rests on two narrow runners on each side of the chest.
This is perfect for smaller tools and writing implements.
The underside of the lid includes a swinging cast iron arm. When positioned to the right, the arm depresses a locking mechanism that keeps the two bottom drawers securely shut.
This way, the bottom drawers can only be opened if the lid on the top is open.
There is another brass key locking mechanism on the front of the lid, though the key has gone missing.
The middle drawer shows the remnants of a black lining and includes two very specifically shaped spaces, maybe for special tools.
The remnants of a green felt lining can be seen inside the bottom drawer, along with several significant rust marks, probably from tools left in the drawer.
Though the chest was made by hand, it shows the evidence of really excellent craftsmanship.
As you can see, the tiered edges of the base and lid feature mitered corners while the chest is uniquely personalized.
The lid and base exhibit a dark stain while the sides exhibit a slightly grainier finish.
The bulk of the oxidization can be seen on the exposed wood, while the wood inside the chest is slightly better preserved.
Several areas of the wood exhibit some cracking, but they do not appear to be affecting the structural integrity of the chest.
This extraordinary vintage chest speaks to an era of hand-made quality and craftsmanship. It's a truly unique collector's piece.
We love the added pictures and other memorabilia that give this tool chest such an intriguing quality.
Measurements: 19" long, 13" wide, 11" tall, Drawers are 8 1/2" deep Weight: 24 lbs., 4 oz.
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