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
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
- 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
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