The Antique Wellington Chest was named after the famous Duke of Wellingtons victory of 1815. Antique wellington Chests are tall and narrow chests, usually with seven working drawers, one for every day of the week. Unusually they come with a swinging locking arm that locks all the compartments with one key. The best examples will have two swinging arms with one key that works on both sides and the brass mechanism by Hobbs and Co, a quality maker of brass-ware. The rarest antique wellington chest designs will have a secretaire drawer in the centre, to store paperwork and stationary in them. The interior of the secretaire will usually contain a leather writing insert, small birds eye maple fronted drawers along with small pigeon holes. These Classic antique chests will be framed with beautifully carved corbels and stand on a plain plinth or shaped bracket feet. Renowned makers used this design like heal and son, usually in quality timbers such as Mahogany, Burr Walnut or Oak. Here at Antiques World you can see many beautiful chests for sale and you can view our current selection on our antique chest of drawers category here or look below at a few select pieces we have for sale.
Wellington Chests for sale
below are love lovely examples that we have sold previously and if any particular style looks of interest please let us know as we can add you onto our mailing list and this will update you with similar pieces as we get them in stock.
Classic Wellington chest, constructed from Walnut with brass swan neck handles.
Typical design of a wellington chest with seven drawers, one for each day of the week!
Wellington chest, constructed from Ash and has unusually small proportions with the original Art Nouveau handles. This piece unusually has two swinging arms, one with a key and working lock. It appears well proportioned standing on a plain plinth and although looks like oak to the untrained eye.
Characterful oak wellington chest with secretaire drawer and all the drawers display Victorian Arts & Crafts style brass handles and are flanked by two attractively carved corbels.
19th Century Wellington Chest with the original turned handles and beautifully carved corbels.
Victorian Tall Oak Antique Wellington Chest with Arts and Crafts influences and unusual ten drawer configuration all of which are mahogany lined with the original turned oak handles which are secured in place by a locking arm with the original Hobbs and Co lock and key.
- 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
- 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.
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