Until the mid-19th century, the standard chest had either four long, or three long and two short drawers. Rarely were there any exceptions to this rule. A chest with three drawers, or a series of small upper drawers, purporting to be Georgian, will probably have been converted from a chest-on-chest or tallboy. It is true that the 18th century commode often contain two long deep drawers, but this was a much grander and more decorative piece altogether, intended for drawing rooms, not bedrooms, and in any case was usually made to stand on legs. The standard chest of drawers continued to be made throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries (some Edwardian pine chests even had bracket feet), but variations were introduced during the mid-Victorian period, with some chests having seven or more drawers usually a deep hat drawer and smaller glove compartments. Chests with barley-sugar twist or split bobbin-turned supports date from the mid-19th century.
Victorian mahogany Wellington chest, the rectangular top above a bank of seven drawers within moulded pilasters with truss capitals, one side lockable, raised on a plinth base, height 110 cm width 53 cm depth 42.5 cm
A mid Victorian flame mahogany chest of drawers, circa 1860s, the bow front chest with a plain mahogany top above two half width and three full width cockbeaded flame veneer drawers of graduating depth, with reeded edges, turned pull handles and raised on
A Victorian mahogany chest of drawers. Second half 19th century, the top with a stepped edge above two half width drawers and three full width drawers of graduating depth, all with circular pressed brass backplates and laurel garland pull handles, with rou
A small Victorian cedar chest. Second half 19th century, in deep tones, the top with bull nose edging above two half width drawers, two full width drawers below all with turned timber handles and raised on toupie style squashed bun feet. Height 100 cm. Wid
A Victorian mahogany chest of drawers. Second half 19th century, the chest in light tones, with a thumbnail edge above two half width drawers and three full width drawers of graduated depth, all with turned timber handles, and raised on tiered bun feet. He
A Victorian cedar secretaire Wellington chest. Later 19th century, the chest with six drawers of differing depths, one with a faux front serving as a fold down writing plane and concealing two half width drawers and four pigeon holes, with acanthus carved
A Victorian bow front mahogany chest, second half 19th century, the chest with an extended deep top above two half drawers and three full width graduated drawers having turned timber handles with engraved mother-of-pearl button embellishments, a decorative
A George III oak small proportion chest of five drawers, the flat front drawers all with Victorian 'gothic' inspired handles and keyhole escutcheons. Raised on short bracket feet. 88 cm x 48 cm x 79 cm
A Victorian cedar chest, mid 19th century, in dark tones, with a bullnose edged top above a central hat drawer, flanked by a pair of small drawers, with a matching deep drawer, three full width drawers below all with turned timber pull handles, and raised
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