This is a great example of a traditional canted profile sea chest. The sliding, divided tray suggests this chest was used by a ship's carpenter.
The chest, at its base, measures 38" wide, 19" deep and 11" tall. The top is 36" by 16 1/4" deep. The top is surface hinged to a thin board on the back, suggesting a coastal Massachusetts beginning. The strap hinges are smith made and appear original to the piece. The matching front latch is missing. The handles are the heavy duty cast iron type necessary for tool boxes of this size. The base has a simple molding.
19th century cut nails are in evidence throughout the piece, especially in the sliding tray. Except for the missing latch, the chest is as made. There are some repairs to the base molding including some paint restoration.
Considering the traditional form, blue/green painted surface and condition - this is about as good a sea chest as you will find.
Because of the size and weight we will quote shipping at the tie of interest. We can offer personal delivery within 100 miles of Philadelphia and the New England coast where we travel frequently.
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