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Antique Chest of Drawers & Vintage Drawers

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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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Antique 18th Century Chest on Chest in Mahogany

£ 1,650

€1,927
$2,075
Antique 18th Century Chest on Chest in Mahogany

Antique 18th Century Chest on Chest in Mahogany

£ 1,650

€1927
$2075

ActFurniture LTD

Burr Walnut Commode

Tony Youll Antiques

Burr Walnut Commode

£ 1,250

€1,460
$1,572
Burr Walnut Commode

Burr Walnut Commode

£ 1,250

€1460
$1572

Tony Youll Antiques

Superb Miniature Burr Elm Bowfront Chest of Drawers

£ 450

€526
$566
Superb Miniature Burr Elm Bowfront Chest of Drawers

Superb Miniature Burr Elm Bowfront Chest of Drawers

£ 450

€526
$566

Prometheus Antiques

Antique George III Quality Mahogany Chest on Chest

£ 2,950

€3,446
$3,711
Antique George III Quality Mahogany Chest on Chest

Antique George III Quality Mahogany Chest on Chest

£ 2,950

€3446
$3711

London City Antiques

Antique Burr Walnut 3 Drawer Bedside Chest Drawers

£ 175

€204
$220
Antique Burr Walnut 3 Drawer Bedside Chest Drawers

Antique Burr Walnut 3 Drawer Bedside Chest Drawers

£ 175

€204
$220

Town House Traders Ltd

Antique Pine Chest of Drawers

£ 595

€695
$748
Antique Pine Chest of Drawers

Antique Pine Chest of Drawers

£ 595

€695
$748

Penderyn Antiques

Walnut Serpentine Fronted Chest of Drawers

£ 475

€555
$597
Walnut Serpentine Fronted Chest of Drawers

Walnut Serpentine Fronted Chest of Drawers

£ 475

€555
$597

Marylebone Antiques

Small Oak Chest - 18th Century

Alain Michel Antiques

Small Oak Chest - 18th Century

€ 2,200

£1,883
$2,369
Small Oak Chest - 18th Century

Small Oak Chest - 18th Century

€ 2,200

£1883
$2369

Alain Michel Antiques

Regency Mahogany Bow Front Chest of Three Drawers

£ 395

€461
$497
Regency Mahogany Bow Front Chest of Three Drawers

Regency Mahogany Bow Front Chest of Three Drawers

£ 395

€461
$497

Old Painted Furniture

Walnut Wardrobe / Tallboy

£ 475

€555
$597
Walnut Wardrobe / Tallboy

Walnut Wardrobe / Tallboy

£ 475

€555
$597

Millers Antiques

Jacobean Oak Commode 17th Century

€ 3,200

£2,739
$3,446
Jacobean Oak Commode 17th Century

Jacobean Oak Commode 17th Century

€ 3,200

£2739
$3446

Alain Michel Antiques

Yew Wood Military Campaign Secretaire Chest of Drawers

£ 1,500

€1,752
$1,887
Yew Wood Military Campaign Secretaire Chest of Drawers

Yew Wood Military Campaign Secretaire Chest of Drawers

£ 1,500

€1752
$1887

Marylebone Antiques

Antique George III Mahogany Chest of Drawers

£ 695

€812
$874
Antique George III Mahogany Chest of Drawers

Antique George III Mahogany Chest of Drawers

£ 695

€812
$874

Penderyn Antiques

Antique Victorian Stained Pine Chest of Drawers

£ 695

€812
$874
Antique Victorian Stained Pine Chest of Drawers

Antique Victorian Stained Pine Chest of Drawers

£ 695

€812
$874

Penderyn Antiques

Pair of Antique French Inlaid Kingwood Bedside Chests

£ 1,450

€1,694
$1,824
Pair of Antique French Inlaid Kingwood Bedside Chests

Pair of Antique French Inlaid Kingwood Bedside Chests

£ 1,450

€1694
$1824

Marylebone Antiques

Old Pine 4 Drawer Chest of Drawers

Pinefinders Old Pine Furniture Warehouse

Old Pine 4 Drawer Chest of Drawers

£ 480

€561
$604
Old Pine 4 Drawer Chest of Drawers

Old Pine 4 Drawer Chest of Drawers

£ 480

€561
$604

Pinefinders Old Pine Furniture Warehouse

Lovely Painted Chest on Chest c.1800

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

Lovely Painted Chest on Chest c.1800

£ 1,950

€2,278
$2,453
Lovely Painted Chest on Chest c.1800

Lovely Painted Chest on Chest c.1800

£ 1,950

€2278
$2453

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

Antique Victorian Pine Chest of Drawers

£ 595

€695
$748
Antique Victorian Pine Chest of Drawers

Antique Victorian Pine Chest of Drawers

£ 595

€695
$748

Penderyn Antiques

Oak Dressing Chest with Six Drawers c.1800

£ 625

€730
$786
Oak Dressing Chest with Six Drawers c.1800

Oak Dressing Chest with Six Drawers c.1800

£ 625

€730
$786

Stalham Antique Gallery

Large Edwardian Walnut Chest of Drawers
Reserved
Large Edwardian Walnut Chest of Drawers

Large Edwardian Walnut Chest of Drawers

Reserved

NP & A SALT ANTIQUES

Antique Victorian Pine Chest of Drawers

£ 595

€695
$748
Antique Victorian Pine Chest of Drawers

Antique Victorian Pine Chest of Drawers

£ 595

€695
$748

Penderyn Antiques

An Attractive 19thc Italian Painted Serpentine Commode Chest

£ 2,550

€2,979
$3,208
An Attractive 19thc Italian Painted Serpentine Commode Chest

An Attractive 19thc Italian Painted Serpentine Commode Chest

£ 2,550

€2979
$3208

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

Antique Pine Two Over Two Chest of Drawers 1920s

£ 325

€380
$409
Antique Pine Two Over Two Chest of Drawers 1920s

Antique Pine Two Over Two Chest of Drawers 1920s

£ 325

€380
$409

Barnaby's of Battle

Early Georgian Walnut Chest on Stand

£ 1,100

€1,285
$1,384
Early Georgian Walnut Chest on Stand

Early Georgian Walnut Chest on Stand

£ 1,100

€1285
$1384

Matthew Coles Antiques

Arts & Crafts Pillar Chest of Drawers - Liberty & Co

£ 940

€1,098
$1,182
Arts & Crafts Pillar Chest of Drawers - Liberty & Co

Arts & Crafts Pillar Chest of Drawers - Liberty & Co

£ 940

€1098
$1182

Antique & Decorative

Anglo Indian Padauk Wood 3 Part Military Chest

£ 1,050

€1,227
$1,321
Anglo Indian Padauk Wood 3 Part Military Chest

Anglo Indian Padauk Wood 3 Part Military Chest

£ 1,050

€1227
$1321

LT Antiques

Pair of Georgian Revival Bedside Tables c.1930

£ 620

€724
$780
Pair of Georgian Revival Bedside Tables c.1930

Pair of Georgian Revival Bedside Tables c.1930

£ 620

€724
$780

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.