Learn about Blanket Chest

A large wooden trunk, also known as a blanket box, in which clothes and blankets were stored. Examples dating from the 16th and 17th centuries may be elaborately carved, though these decorations are often 19th century 'improvements'. Blanket chests were an essential household item during Australian pioneering days when sophisticated furniture was relatively scarce. The 19th century chests were much plainer than the earlier panelled versions. Many were brought to Australia by immigrants, although many made from red cedar or kauri pine still survive. The chests usually have flat wooden tops (distinguishing them from sea chests which were frequently domed), and in the better versions the side joints are dovetailed. 'Blanket chest' is a fairly broad term, since the trunks were used for storing all kinds of household effects. Carpenters' tool chests, which resemble blanket chests, often have small divisions and partitions with small drawers let into the base of the chest. The trunks today are very often sought after as convenient coffee tables such things being an entirely 20th century innovation.
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A large pine blanket box, 19th century, 64 cm high, 153 cm wide, 63 cm deep

A padouk period blanket box with brass corners, 48 cm high, 98 cm wide, 45 cm deep

Colonial cedar blanket box, height 38 cm width 76 cm depth 43 cm

Stinkwood brass banded Swazl carved wood blanket chest, Cape Dutch, c. 1860, with brass strap hinges, ornate brass escutcheon, raised on large ball feet. Height 79 cm. Length 135 cm. Depth 60 cm. Provenance: The Estate of the late Alida Haskins widow of Sa

Solid mottled kauri blanket box, the top showing wear. Width 94 cm

A Australian cedar lined pine blanket box, 19th century. 32 cm high, 76 cm wide, 45 cm deep.

Vintage blanket box with upholstered lid, 107 cm wide, 56 cm high approx

Late 19th century Anglo-Indian teak blanket box the whole elaborately carved with florals, scrolls on bun feet

Colonial cedar brass bound blanket chest. Camphor wood lined, with original lock & key. Height 48, Wt.97 & Depth 46 cm

Mahogany blanket chest with brass carrying handles, in excellent condition

Cream painted blanket box of morrocan style with distressed finish, approx 47 cm high, 86 cm wide, 44 cm deep

Stained pine blanket box, approx 91 cm wide, 47.5 cm deep, 48 cm high

Vintage carved camphorwood blanket box, approx 61 cm high, 100 cm long

English oak blanket box, 106 cm wide, 46 cm deep, 51 cm high

Continental pine sarcophagus shaped lime washed blanket box. 19th century. 90 cm x 57 cm x 60 cm

A small mahogany brass hinged blanket chest, 19th century, 37 cm high, 74 cm wide, 45 cm deep

Antique northern European blanket box with red floral folkart decoration with key. 116 x 59 x 68 cm

Antique northern European blanket box. Hand painted folkart floral decoration on green background with original key. 114 cm x 65 cm x 69 cm

A small Australian cedar blanket box, circa 1860, of rectangular form with a hinged top and dovetail detail to the corners, 91 cm wide, x 49 cm deep x, 43 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection Melbourne

An Australian Colonial cedar blanket box with rectangular hinged top and lift-out tray. Height 41 cm. Width 93 cm. Depth 41 cm.

Pine blanket chest, with iron handles. Height 46 cm. Depth 44 cm. Length 93 cm

George III style Chinoiserie decorated lacquered blanket chest, depicting figures in a mountainous landscape, mounted on separate painted base with bracket feet. Height 80 cm. Length 146 cm. Depth 64 cm.

19th century Continental walnut blanket box with carved rosettes

A George II inlaid walnut and brass mounted blanket chest, the domed chest with ebony and boxwood inlay with applied brass mounts and studs bearing the arms of George II enclosing a velvet lined interior, the whole raised on a later carved walnut base with

A blackwood blanket box, Australian school, possibly Tasmanian, the rectangular front finely carved in relief with an impressive eucalyptus tree, the top with conforming leaf and branch carving, scroll feet, 66 x 45 x 41 cm.

Camphorwood blanket box. Brass bound with interior fitted storage tray. Height 35 cm length 80 cm

A 19th century pine and iron bound blanket box with candle box 94 cm wide 39 cm deep 41 cm high

Brass bound camphor blanket box. Dovetail construction. Height 40 cm. Width 91 cm. Depth 52 cm