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Lovely 18th Century Initialed and Dated Joyned Chestnut Dresser 1796

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Lovely 18th Century Initialed and Dated Joyned Chestnut Dresser 1796

A completely original, substantial and very well-made dresser
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62 inches wide, 20 inches deep and 39.5 inches high. For metric please multiply by 2.5

Peg jointed throughout, and in solid chestnut which has developed a fabulous rich and warm colour over the last two centuries of wax, use and care.

With fielded panel doors on original brass pintel hinges, the central door opening to reveal three individual drawers - each with original chestnut linings - and very well carved to the front panel with the initials MEW and the date 1796 within a raised shield shaped border. These carved elements are in the solid, not later applied. Both flanking doors with similar carved raised shield borders with shell motifs and opening to original substantial shelves.

A handmade dresser into which the cabinet maker has incorporated many attractive personalised details including the geometric carved decoration to the frieze below a deep twin boarded top with shaped border. Lovely carved columns to the flanking uprights also.

Completely original timbers throughout including backboards (other than a very old and small inset repair on one of the backboards as can be seen in our photographs).

The dresser is in excellent original condition with only minor and superficial light knocks and bruises consistent with age and caring use. There is a small number of old woodworm holes to the left hand foot and back of side panel - checked and long since dead. The drawers open and close smoothly, as do the doors which retain their original brass escutcheons and working key. The sideboard is extremely heavy and is very robust and usable.

It is quite rare to find initialed and dated pieces, particularly in chestnut.

More than two hundred and twenty years on, we are left to wonder who MEW was and whether the dresser was made to celebrate a wedding in 1796. Certainly it was made to commemorate a special event and a special person and it has carried that memory on through time to us.

Completely unique and bespoke, very beautiful, if only this dresser could speak...