Antique Mule Chests were a form of Coffer, primitively built using old clout nails or wooden pegs, having a hinged lid but the difference is, they have two or three drawers at the bottom due to the impracticality of difficult to reach items stored at the bottom of the coffer.They were most popular in the early to mid 17th Century in Oak and were often used to store clothes, harness equipment or valuables and all had a large key with lock, although it is quite unusual to find them still with their original key. These early pieces of period furniture always have a lovely charm about them from years of use and a build up of wax giving them a glowing patina. The best examples always have the original pin hinges, along with oak base boards and candle box with lift up lid in the interior. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.
Coffers & Mule Chests for sale
Below are a few examples of previously sold Mule 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.
Full Of Beautiful Charm And Character And With A Lovely Country Feel, This Delightful Mule Chest Dates from around 1740. It has a hinged moulded lid above a beautifully fielded panelled front with moulded edges and two smaller lower drawers with brass pear drop handles. The sides and back are panelled and this charming piece stands on raised feet and is of pegged construction.
- Kathryn McDougall,
Thank you James, the chest of drawers delivered on many levels, one being true to photo and description, ( wouldn’t normally buy before I see the real thing), quick delivery by a very nice and considerate guy in a yellow van (we spotted him a mile away - literally). Also, the caring and professional way in which we are received when we contact you. I now need another chest of drawers similar to the first in order to finish the room - please contact me should anything suitable come your way. Many thanks.
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
Good morning James,We have taken delivery this morning of the chest and are delighted with it. Thankyou and happy to buy from you again.Kind regards,Lindsay