The Antique Chest on Chest, 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.
Antique Chest of Drawers for sale
Recently Sold Antiques
below are some previously sold examples.
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.
Hi James Just to let you know , the Chest of Drawers crossed the Irish Sea in A near Hurricane , but thanks to your carefull packaging , it arrived in Cork without a scratch , and fully intact , so we are most grateful for your sending it so well wrapped . It is gorgeous , slightly darker then your images , but really lovely , and resonates age , and quality . We are really pleased with it . The shippers were excellent , and I would use them again . Many thanks for all your help , and we may be back to you in 2016 . A very happy Christmas . Regards John
- Chest of drawers, bookcase, corner cupboard and chest on chest to New Zealand,
Dear James,Thanks the delivery chaps arrived when you expected they wood. The goods are as indicated. Thank you. Given our service re delivery from other internet based companies of late, yours (and your delivering agent) has been sterling.
Dear James Driscoll,The chest of drawers arrived Saturday morning – at 6.30 a.m.! It’s perfect, I’m delighted with it, thank you. I will definitely keep an eye on your website.Margaret