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.
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
- 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.
- Chest On Chest to Cambridgeshire,
Happy customer, item delivered promptly and goods as described.Marion