Antique coffers are plain and simple country pieces of period antique furniture and are one of the earliest forms of furniture on record. The coffer would usually be constructed from planks of solid oak with a hinged lid and be of simple pegged construction or with the old iron clout nails. Period coffers are mainly seen from the 17th and early 18th century and although are very simply made, they are very strong and robust so have stood the test of time and you can see some stunning examples still in good original condition full of lovely charm and character. They were built as dual purpose, storing goods such as bedding or silver and also a surface for sitting on or using as a side table. Domed topped or ark coffers have a dome shaped lid which can be removed and reversed for kneading dough. The mule chest is basically coffers with drawers below and often used for the storage of horse equipment. Here on Antiques world we sell some stunning examples and you can see our latest selection of coffers here.
Coffers & Mule Chests for sale
Below are past examples that we have sold and if we do not have many in stock (as they do sell very fast), why not email us with your requirements as we can keep you informed of any new stock that may be suitable.
Antique Oak Beautifully Carved Inscribed Coffer. Dated 1729 and inscribed with the initials ‘I.H’ this antique oak coffer has a wonderfully carved leaf and floral decoration. It has a lift up lid above finely carved and unusual decorative panels with borders and stands on raised legs. It has a panelled back and sides and is of pegged construction. This unique antique coffer is full of character and would prove an ideal TV stand or storage box for all those ‘must haves’ that you would rather hide away! It has aged to a dark shade of oak with a striking grain.
Early 17th Century Period Oak Six Plank Antique Coffer. This period oak antique coffer dates from the early 17th century and oozes character. It has a rectangular lift up lid with moulded edge and early pin hinges. The front has a simple moulded edge and displays a rustic iron locking plate (no key). The coffer stands on tall feet and is of period pegged construction. At approximately 350 years old this antique coffer is full of charm and character with the expected old repairs in a piece of this period.
18th Century Lovely Period Oak Antique Paneled Coffer. Dating from around 1790 this antique panelled coffer / bedding box is a lovely warm shade of oak. It has raised fielded panels on both the lid and front along with moulded edges and the oak grain is beautifully figured. It stands on tall raised stile feet while the interior contains a hinged candle box. This delightful antique coffer is a wonderful warm shade of oak and has the usual charm and character expected in a piece of its age.
This early country small period antique oak coffer – bedding box, circa 1700, has a moulded panelled lid above moulded panelled front, back and sides. The antique coffer stands on raised legs, is of early pegged construction and is a medium/dark oak. This fine antique country coffer has the usual old repairs consistent with age and use, giving great character and authenticity and has a striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.
Rare Antique 17th Century Six Plank Oak Coffer. This mid 17th century antique oak coffer is of the classic six plank design and still stands at its original height! Designed originally as a travelling chest and seat this coffer is of a six plank design has been finished with simple decorative edges. It still has the original iron locking plate and hinges. Its key attraction is the fact it still stands at its original height making it quite a rare find as most coffers of this age have suffered damage to their supports and have consequently had to have their feet sawn down. Oozing charm and character from age and use, as one would expect from a piece of this period, this coffer is now a lovely medium shade of oak with a striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.
Dating from around 1790 in the Georgian period this antique oak coffer is full of charm. It is in a simple design but with unusual shaped front brackets and raised feet. It is also of the original clout nail construction and benefits from a replacement lid (added during the early 1900’s) making it very stable and providing it with a very usable surface when closed.
Period Oak Antique Coffer with Geometric Detailing. Dating from around the period of William III, circa 1700, this striking antique coffer is constructed from oak and displays a wonderful geometric design to the front. The moulded top has the original thumb moulded edge and sits above the geometric design moulded front. With panelled sides and back and sitting on raised feet it is a very attractive solid period piece and stands at the ideal height to place a TV on? It is of the original pegged construction and benefits from later hinges making it a very usable storage solution.
This Charming Small Oak Antique Country Coffer dates from around 1690, it is of unusual small proportions and has a moulded lid above a simple carved front with iron locking plate. The sides are also moulded with panelled sides and backboards. This charming coffer is of pegged construction and has the usual old repairs adding to the character and authenticity of this wonderful piece.
Early 18th Century Beautifully Figured Period Oak Antique Coffer. Dating from the early 18th Century this lovely period coffer / chest is made from a beautifully figured country oak. It has a moulded lid, unusually still with a key and working lock along with a charming iron locking plate. The front has raised fielded panels and moulded edges whilst the sides and back are also panelled. The coffer is of pegged construction, stands on tall raised stile feet while the interior contains a hinged candle box. This delightful country chest has the usual charm, character and old repairs expected in a piece of over 300 years old and has aged to a warm Oak shade.
Superb Quality Large Antique Georgian Lancashire Chest. This antique Georgian Lancashire chest dates from around 1770 and is constructed from the finest quality imported mahogany timbers that are no longer available to today’s craftsmen. It has a low raised shaped back above a beautifully figured hinged top that opens to reveal a clean interior with the original oak base boards. The front is attractively figured and displays three over two faux drawers above four working drawers, all with moulded edges, oak linings (working drawers only!) and the original brass swan neck handles. The drawers are flanked by reeded columns with decorative inlaid banding. The piece stands on ogee bracket feet and has the original oak back boards. This substantial antique chest oozes quality, its weight being notable due to the quality of timbers used.
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
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
- 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