George III Period Oak Mule Chest


Circa 1800 - A George III Period Oak Mule Chest with a moulded edge to the top above three panels and two drawers with brass drop handles and escutcheons, the whole raised on bracket feet. H:36”,91.5 cms. W: 59”, 150 cms, D:20.5”, 52 cms.


Circa 1800 – Why a Mule Chest is so called – was it really for carrying goods strapped to the back of a mule? The answer almost certainly has to be no. The earliest examples date from the 16th/17th. century and were popular right through the 18th. century as well. In essence it is a coffer with a hinged lid and two or three drawers under  and raised on feet.

The term Mule may refer to the commonly used word for what we today call slippers and the drawers were for keeping ones mules in. Without the drawers it would have been difficult to retrieve items from the bottom of a coffer of these dimensions.

H:36”,91.5 cms. W: 59”, 150 cms, D:20.5”, 52 cms.

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