A delightful mid 19th century birds eye maple wood Wellington Chest of seven drawers retaining original turned wooden knobs flanked by pilasters headed with carved corbels raised on original plinth base.
It is believed that the first Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, commissioned the first chest of this type, with a tall bank of drawers secured by just one single hinged locking pilaster to take with him and carry around the various different battlefields.
From around 1820 onwards many variations can be found varying a great deal in terms of both quality and the wood which is used both externally and internally.
This most unusual example is veneered with birds eye maple wood which gives it a lovely decorative feel and it retains a good colour and patina as it has clearly been well loved as well as used throughout the years of its life.
An advantage of this type of chest is that it can offer a slightly different and more unusual perspective to a room in terms of height and proportion and also of course the drawers are incredibly functional when used for items that you don't want to be buried at the bottom of much
larger drawers as can often be the case.
Height - 40in
Width - 22in