One of the most charming and practical of Victorian antiques to collect is miniature chests of drawers. From the smallest to the largest miniature chests, their drawers can store any number of household items.
This Victorian chest of drawers is on the larger side of miniatures, and it is one of the most handsome that I’ve come across. All five drawers have full brass working locks with escutcheons. We can only speculate as to what the original owner kept in them. The key works for all the drawers.
This chest imitates standard-sized ones, with two small drawers on top and three underneath. Each drawer is edged in turned moldings, giving them a unique finished and decorative appearance. The construction of the drawers was done entirely with dovetailing.
Another great feature of this chest is that it has retained all of its original miniature glass drawer pulls. They were manufactured out of clear glass, similarly to those on doors and full-size chests of the time.
The bottom of the chest has been finished off in a larger-scale but similar wood molding as that used on the drawers. In fact, the maker designed the top with a nice lathe-made molding as well. The chest rests on its original four brass feet.
The condition is superb. I have had this wonderful miniature chest French polished. The color of the mahogany is deep and rich, and it has a lovely patina. The glass knobs are relatively smooth, but if you take your fingers and go around each, you can occasionally feel a slight sharp edge.
This piece is of such a scale that it could be used as a small end table next to a comfortable chair. With its trimmed-out drawers, original locks and key, original miniature glass knobs, brass feet and superb color, this late-Victorian miniature chest is a real find.
It measures 17-1/4 inches wide, about 9-1/2inches in depth from the front of the knobs, and 19-1/2 inches high.
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