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.
- Philip and Luisa (Melbourne, Australia),
Hi James,Just a short email to say that the Chest of Drawers arrived safely today. My wife and I are very happy with the piece – better than expected! Thank you for your professional handling of the transaction. Will look out on your website for our future purchases. Regards, Philip and Luisa (Melbourne, Australia)
Hi James,As you promised the military chest arrived early this morning. Unfortunately, the guys had to carry the chest up 4 flights of stairs as the the lift was out of order due to a flood in the block yesterday. Please pass to my thanks.Re the military chest, it is a lovely honest piece of furniture that I will enjoy for many years to come. Thank you and I shall certainly recommend your services.Regards,Richard
- James Warren,
I had a very pleasant experience dealing with James Driscoll's Antiques on-line from Toronto. James was very accommodating in taking more pictures of the chest I was interested in while also answering questions in a short time. Once I decided I wanted the chest, he made it easy to send money and then arrange for delivery. The shipping company he used was amazing and their follow up service even better as we had problems with FEDEX when they delivered it to my home. The packaging was excellent as well.I am so pleased with my Georgian chest of drawers. Thank you James. It was a very pleasant experience and I would highly recommend James and his catalogue of furniture. I keep looking at the site for more...Warmly,James Warren Toronto, Canada