A large wooden trunk, often carved and decorated, sometimes with initials and a date, in which a young woman would store clothes, sheets, linen and other domestic necessaries, in anticipation of her marriage. Sometimes known as a dowry chest.
A Spanish walnut and pine marriage chest, 18th century, the rectangular plank top, the front carved with arches and pilasters flanked by stylised floral and foliage, on platform base resting on double scroll pad feet, 63.5 cm high, 140 cm wide, 55.5 cm dee
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