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Antique Chest of Drawers & Vintage Drawers

An antique chest of drawers is central to any bedroom as it not only adds much needed charm to the space but often provides deeper drawers than its modern counterpart. They first appeared in the mid-17th Century from a large coffer or chest with drawers in the base. There are many sizes, looks and drawer combinations that you can choose from but the most popular remain the bow front and the serpentine fronted chests of the 18th and 19th Centuries found in oak, mahogany or painted. Often these chests would be decorated with sweeping legs, intricate inlays or cuts of veneer and were complemented with well-cast brass handles.


The great thing about antique and vintage chests is that you know they were well made when new as they have already survived sometimes hundreds of years. Antique chests can be found in all sizes and forms from Bedside Drawers and smaller sized Chests to the larger Wellington and Tallboy Chests with their banks of drawers.

During the 20th Century the form of the chest of drawers did not change, but the decoration did. Within the Arts and Crafts period people were admiring the honesty of a simple well-constructed wooden piece, and by the Mid-Century designers were exploring slender Atomic-style legs and bold coloured melamine finishes.


When looking for a unique chest of drawers for the bedroom then Antique and Vintage examples really do offer many great choices, and at LoveAntiques we have an unrivalled selection for you.   

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Small Pine Chest of Four Drawers

£ 265

€309
$325
Small Pine Chest of Four Drawers

Small Pine Chest of Four Drawers

£ 265

€309
$325

Gildersleve Antiques

Georgian Style Mahogany Bowfront 5 Drawer Chest

Paul Watson Antiques & Interiors Norfolk

Georgian Style Mahogany Bowfront 5 Drawer Chest

£ 600

€700
$736
Georgian Style Mahogany Bowfront 5 Drawer Chest

Georgian Style Mahogany Bowfront 5 Drawer Chest

£ 600

€700
$736

Paul Watson Antiques & Interiors Norfolk

French Vintage Small Chest of Drawers

House of H Furnishings LTD

French Vintage Small Chest of Drawers

£ 595

€694
$730
French Vintage Small Chest of Drawers

French Vintage Small Chest of Drawers

£ 595

€694
$730

House of H Furnishings LTD

Rare Giles Grendey Mahogany Bureau

£ 16500

€19237
$20245
Rare Giles Grendey Mahogany Bureau

Rare Giles Grendey Mahogany Bureau

£ 16500

€19237
$20245

Georgian Antiques

Antique Edwardian Mahogany Chest of Drawers

£ 750

€874
$920
Antique Edwardian Mahogany Chest of Drawers

Antique Edwardian Mahogany Chest of Drawers

£ 750

€874
$920

Marylebone Antiques

Small Pine Chest of Four Drawers

£ 295

€344
$362
Small Pine Chest of Four Drawers

Small Pine Chest of Four Drawers

£ 295

€344
$362

Gildersleve Antiques

Small Painted Pine Chest of Drawers

£ 200

€233
$245
Small Painted Pine Chest of Drawers

Small Painted Pine Chest of Drawers

£ 200

€233
$245

Gildersleve Antiques

French Small Chest of Drawers

Antique & Decorative

French Small Chest of Drawers

£ 920

€1073
$1129
French Small Chest of Drawers

French Small Chest of Drawers

£ 920

€1073
$1129

Antique & Decorative

Pair of Walnut 3 Drawer Chests c.1920

Paul Watson Antiques & Interiors Norfolk

Pair of Walnut 3 Drawer Chests c.1920

£ 950

€1108
$1166
Pair of Walnut 3 Drawer Chests c.1920

Pair of Walnut 3 Drawer Chests c.1920

£ 950

€1108
$1166

Paul Watson Antiques & Interiors Norfolk

Small Georgian Style Chest on Chest Tallboy

£ 840

€979
$1031
Small Georgian Style Chest on Chest Tallboy

Small Georgian Style Chest on Chest Tallboy

£ 840

€979
$1031

Antique & Decorative

Unusual Georgian Oak Book Press Chest of Drawers

£ 675

€787
$828
Unusual Georgian Oak Book Press Chest of Drawers

Unusual Georgian Oak Book Press Chest of Drawers

£ 675

€787
$828

Wickersley Antiques

1930's Art Deco Pollard Oak Chest of Drawers

£ 1740

€2029
$2135
1930's Art Deco Pollard Oak Chest of Drawers

1930's Art Deco Pollard Oak Chest of Drawers

£ 1740

€2029
$2135

Marylebone Antiques

Antique Georgian Mahogany Bow Front Chest of Drawers

£ 1175

€1370
$1442
Antique Georgian Mahogany Bow Front Chest of Drawers

Antique Georgian Mahogany Bow Front Chest of Drawers

£ 1175

€1370
$1442

Marylebone Antiques

Superb Large Victorian Mahogany Chest of Drawers

£ 345

€402
$423
Superb Large Victorian Mahogany Chest of Drawers

Superb Large Victorian Mahogany Chest of Drawers

£ 345

€402
$423

NP & A SALT ANTQUES

Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Chest on Legs

£ 475

€554
$583
Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Chest on Legs

Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Chest on Legs

£ 475

€554
$583

Joseph Riley Furniture

Small Scottish Georgian Chest of Drawers

£ 750

€874
$920
Small Scottish Georgian Chest of Drawers

Small Scottish Georgian Chest of Drawers

£ 750

€874
$920

Millers Antiques

Antique Pine Chest of Drawers

£ 495

€577
$607
Antique Pine Chest of Drawers

Antique Pine Chest of Drawers

£ 495

€577
$607

Penderyn Antiques

Quality Tall Slim Antique Chest of Drawers

£ 975

€1137
$1196
Quality Tall Slim Antique Chest of Drawers

Quality Tall Slim Antique Chest of Drawers

£ 975

€1137
$1196

Driscolls Antiques Ltd

Edwardian Mahogany Serpentine Chest

£ 1685

€1964
$2067
Edwardian Mahogany Serpentine Chest

Edwardian Mahogany Serpentine Chest

£ 1685

€1964
$2067

Hingstons Antiques

Victorian Antique Pine Chest of Drawers

£ 395

€461
$485
Victorian Antique Pine Chest of Drawers

Victorian Antique Pine Chest of Drawers

£ 395

€461
$485

Penderyn Antiques

Antique   Edwardian Mahogany Chest of Drawers

£ 795

€927
$975
Antique   Edwardian Mahogany Chest of Drawers

Antique Edwardian Mahogany Chest of Drawers

£ 795

€927
$975

Marylebone Antiques

Victorian Antique Pine Chest of Drawers

£ 495

€577
$607
Victorian Antique Pine Chest of Drawers

Victorian Antique Pine Chest of Drawers

£ 495

€577
$607

Penderyn Antiques

Antique Satinwood Chest of Drawers

£ 650

€758
$798
Antique Satinwood Chest of Drawers

Antique Satinwood Chest of Drawers

£ 650

€758
$798

Penderyn Antiques

William IV Rosewood Wellington Chest

Graham Smith Antiques Ltd

William IV Rosewood Wellington Chest

£ 1950

€2273
$2393
William IV Rosewood Wellington Chest

William IV Rosewood Wellington Chest

£ 1950

€2273
$2393

Graham Smith Antiques Ltd

Victorian Pine Chest of Drawers

£ 595

€694
$730
Victorian Pine Chest of Drawers

Victorian Pine Chest of Drawers

£ 595

€694
$730

Penderyn Antiques

Regency Mahogany Bowfront Chest

£ 1585

€1848
$1945
Regency Mahogany Bowfront Chest

Regency Mahogany Bowfront Chest

£ 1585

€1848
$1945

Hingstons Antiques

Victorian Scottish Mahogany Chest of Drawers

£ 895

€1043
$1098
Victorian Scottish Mahogany Chest of Drawers

Victorian Scottish Mahogany Chest of Drawers

£ 895

€1043
$1098

Penderyn Antiques

Rare George III Tallboy Chest of Drawers

£ 1680

€1959
$2061
Rare George III Tallboy Chest of Drawers

Rare George III Tallboy Chest of Drawers

£ 1680

€1959
$2061

Antique & Decorative

Vintage Antique Chest of Drawers FAQs 


How do you date an old chest of drawers?

If they’re original, the handles would be a good indication. The pear drop handles on each drawer will tell you that the furniture will either be from the Queen Anne or the William and Mary period. Swan neck handles would mean that the item was created from the 1750s onwards. Mouldings would also be able to tell you the date these chests were manufactured. The 17th century had mouldings applied to the carcass, but in the 18th century, these were transferred to the drawers’ edges. During the George II period, the drawers had ovolo mouldings. By 1760, cock bead moulding was used on drawers.


What's the difference between an antique dresser and an antique chest of drawers?

A dresser or the dressing table has drawers where folded clothes as well as lingerie were kept. It has a mirror attached to it. A chest of drawers, on the other hand, only has drawers as well as a top space.


How do I identify an antique chest of drawers?

Check the inside as well as the back side of the chest of drawers. You should be able to find a stamp or label that would indicate the name of the company that created the furniture. There are also some cases wherein the year as well as the city where the antique chest was created would be placed. Much like other antiques, if hand crafted, you would find indications like the name or the initials. Other than being built using wood such as teak, burr walnut, oak, and mahogany, these items also have notable features; for example, you could find an antique chest of drawers on wheels, which lessened any problem on mobility. A large antique chest of drawers in the United Kingdom, including an antique tall chest of drawers, could cost between £300 and £7,000. There are chests with bun feet, which could cost between £125 and £3800, or even more, called as such due to the feet being shaped like a flattened sphere, a known feature in 17th century furniture. Time periods such as the Georgian and Victorian regency eras, Edwardian, Queen Anne, William Mary, 18th century, and 19th century each have notable characteristics that would help a dealer value these types of antiques.


What's the meaning of chest of drawers?

Chest of drawers refers to a furniture piece with a set of drawers in its frame. This versatile and essential type of storage is where clothes are usually kept, but it can also store other things. Albeit ideally for the bedroom, the chest of drawers can also be placed in other areas such as the studies and sitting rooms.


How much should I pay for a vintage chest of drawers?

A vintage style chest of drawers sale UK dealers are offering could start at £220. The cost of an old vintage chest of drawers varies among sellers, but it depends on a lot of factors, from the condition of the item to its rarity, to the material used.