Blanket Chests were very popular during the 17th thu 19th centuries. Over the years, drawers were added to the basic form increasing the height and gradually a different piece of furniture evolved called the mule chest. The drawers in the mule chest were used to store slipers called "mules" by the colonists. The first colonists had no closets in which to store their clothing, blankets and household linens. Attics were not readily accessible and cellars were to damp. Thus, the chest came into use. In its simplest form, the chest was a large wooden box with a hinged lid. Although it functioned primarily as a receptable for clothes and valuables, it also served as an additional seating place as chairs were only a luxury in most homes. Frequently chests were used for the storage of linens and things, especially those a bride brought to her husband. This was known as the "Dowery". From this evolved the name Hope Chest which is now more commonly used.
Our blanket chests are made without screws or nails. The chests are all dovetailed and pegged. Dovetailed drawers can be added. Our Blanket Chest's can be made in all wood species and can be constructed in different sizes.
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