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Early 19th. Century Scandinavian Decorated Wedding Coffer with iron bands, locking plate and carrying handles, the dome top trunk with all-over floral and foliate decoration, the front panels initialled “LS-DS” and dated “1826”, the interior of the lid similarly decorated and with a candle box to the right hand side. The lid is secured with a massive heavily sprung lock with a huge and complex key. 

Lit:   Research shows that it seems that similar pieces came from many areas of Northern Europe including all of Scandinavia, Germany, Austria and Holland, taken to America by the settlers. There are some very similar examples illustrated in “American Furniture 1620 to the present” by Jonathan Fairbanks and Elizabeth Bidwell Bates, pages 350 and 351 and both are titled as being Norwegian though in the accompanying text it states: “The manner in which the painted decoration is applied is known as rose painting (rosemaling): this technique flourished in Norway and throughout much of Northern Europe from approximately 1750 to 1850.”

Without knowing who the initials on the front stand for, it is difficult to say definitely whether this piece is Scandinavian or American none of which takes away from the stunning colours and beauty of this example. They can be known as a wedding or dowry chest, Hope chest is the American term while the Australians call them a Glory box, the British had ‘bottoms drawers’ often referring to a chest of drawers rather than a trunk in which their trousseau etc was collected. These chests were used for a young girl or her mother to start collecting items for married life and would then have travelled with her to the new marital home. These were then used as heirlooms and passed down from generation to generation. 

Circa 1826 

Price: £2,750-00p. including UK delivery. 

H: 21” 53.5cms, W: 44” 112cms, D: 22” 56cms.

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Dimensions 56 × 112 × 53.5 cm

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