Learn about Chest of Drawers

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.
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Antique Regency bachelor chest two long drawers above with brushing slide, approx 90 cm high, 106 cm wide, 46 cm deep

A George III mahogany bachelor chest with three drawers with ivory escutcheons on splayed legs. 85 cm high, 83 cm wide, 48 cm deep

A George ll feather banded walnut bachelor's chest, circa 1745 and later, of small proportions, having a moulded rim to the rectangular top, brushing slide, three full width graduated drawers, with brass handles and escutcheons, supported on bracket fe

Antique English mahogany bachelor chest of drawers, fitted with brushing slide, approx 85 cm high, 80 cm wide

Antique George II oak five drawer bachelor chest, shaped bracket feet, approx 79 cm high, 83 cm wide, 42 cm deep

A George II mahogany bachelor chest, with a moulded edge, above a brushing slide and four graduated drawers on bracket feet. 81 cm high, 80 cm wide, 48 cm deep

Antique Georgian canted shape Bachelor dressing chest, fitted with a folding mirror and compartments to the top drawer, shaped bracket feet and apron.

Antique Georgian mahogany bachelor chest, with brushing slide, three graduating drawers, all standing on shaped bracket legs, circa 1800's, 77 cm high x 84.5 cm wide