Antique Chest on Chests, also known as the Antique Tallboy or more commonly called a Highboy in America was first seen in the early Georgian period in England and was an adaptation from the chest on stand but rather than the chest sitting on a stand, the antique chest on chest would completely utilise the storage by combining two chest of drawers into one. They are mainly built from Mahogany or country Oak and often come with Chippendale features such as Ogee bracket feet or blind fretwork carved, canted corners. The best examples are usually oak lined with brass swan neck handles and the beauty of them is, that they can go into most homes as they split into two sections for removal. Quite often they are very tall, with the two top drawers being too high to use, this is where the step top commode was used, the the Georgian or Victorian Gentleman would use this to stand on to reach. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.
Chest on Chests & Chest on Stands for sale
Below are a few examples of previously sold chest on chests, but if any particular style looks of interest please let us know as we do get many similar designs in stock and we can try to locate something similar.
Georgian Figured Walnut Antique Chest on Chest dating from around 1760. It is of the finest quality and with very desirable small proportions. A curved moulded cornice sits above three over six graduating oak lined drawers. All the drawers have moulded edges, delightfully figured walnut with cross banding and pierced brass handles with key escutcheons. It stands elegantly on shaped bracket feet and splits into two sections aiding transportation.
Quality George III Figured Mahogany Antique Chest on Chest. This stately George III antique chest on chest dates from around 1790 and is constructed from well figured mahogany. It has a moulded cornice with dental moulding below which can be found two over six graduating cock beaded drawers with oval brass handles and key with several working locks. It stands proudly on shaped bracket feet and has aged to a lovely warm medium shade of mahogany.
Quality Antique Georgian Mahogany Chest on Chest / Tallboy, Dating from around 1770 this antique mahogany tallboy / chest on chest is a lovely example of quality Georgian furniture. It has a moulded cornice above a figured frieze below which are to be found two over six graduating drawers. They all have cock beading, beautifully figured fronts, period brass swan neck handles and partially oak lined drawers. The original brushing slide pulls out to reveal a green baize lining surface. This beautiful antique chest stands elegantly on ogee bracket feet and still boasts ownership of its original back boards.
Unusual Tall Antique Georgian Oak Chest of Drawers / Tallboy.
This antique Georgian oak chest of drawers / tallboy dates from around 1770 and has unusual tall proportions. The rectangular moulded top sits above six graduating cock beaded drawers which all have the original brass swan neck handles and brass key escutcheons, quite unusual for a piece of this age. It can also still boast ownership of its original back boards along with clout nails! This characterful charming antique chest is remarkably relatively untouched from its 240 years of life.
Fine Regency Mahogany Antique Chest on Chest, Dating from around 1820 is a super example of a country piece being made to fine specifications. It has a moulded cornice above a decorative inlaid frieze and two over six graduating drawers. All the drawers are beautifully figured, part oak lined and have the original decorative floral design brass handles. The drawers still contain the original blue lining paper, which is in good condition and have pine sides painted to resemble oak (a very common practice during the period and typical of a country piece). The corners of the chest are canted and have delightful inlaid decoration, providing that extra something special. This antique chest stands on shaped bracket feet and is a lovely example of a country piece at its very best.
Quality Georgian Mahogany Antique Chest on Chest / Tallboy.
This very stylish antique Georgian, circa 1790, chest on chest / tallboy oozes quality and period charm. The moulded cornice sits above a two over six graduating drawer configuration, all having oak linings and displaying cock beading along with period brass swan neck handles to their fronts. Intriguingly there is some evidence that at some point in its history the handles to the top section were changed for a different style and then the period ones later reinstated…….every antique tells a story! This typical Georgian tallboy has a simple and stylish design, oozing quality with the benefit of extremely clean and tidy inner drawers.
Small Georgian Mahogany Antique Chest on Chest, Dating from the Georgian period, circa 1800, is very practical small proportions. The moulded cornice sits above two over six graduating drawers displaying cock beading and beautifully mirrored fronts along with decorative oval brass handles. Unlike many of its counterparts, this particular chest on chest has extremely practical proportions for the modern home making it a very desirable piece.
Magnificent Quality Georgian Mahogany Antique Chest on Chest. This superb example of Georgian craftsmanship dates from around 1780. The front of the piece is beautifully figured and stands on very unusual shaped bracket feet with raised fielded decoration, an intricate piece of workmanship only ever achieved by a true craftsman of the period.
Quality Georgian Antique Mahogany Chest on Chest with Cross Banding. The drawer fronts are cock beaded and have satinwood cross banding along with boxwood string inlay around their perimeters.
- Martin Howell,
We bought a beautiful, and wonderfully restored chest of drawers in summer 2019. Not the cheapest by any means but a) you get what you pay for and b) the quality of the furniture exceeded already high expectations. Delivery was reasonably priced and exactly as promised - with very careful help to get the chest into the house and up to a first floor bedroom. Overall, highly recommended.
Hello James – just to let you know we are absolutely delighted with the chest of drawers. In fact, we could not be more pleased. Thank you. (In addition, your couriers were bang on time and very polite) many thanks and best regards Jon
James,I received the chest this week. It looks fantastic. Thank you for all of your help here. I was a pleasure doing business with you, could not have been an easier process. Cheers, Ricker