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Antique Chests & Vintage Storage Trunks for Sale

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Love Antiques bring the very best when it comes to our antique chest collection online. We take pride in offering a vast selection of styles, shapes, and sizes to suit your home interior needs. As a website showcasing the UK’s top genuine antique furniture dealers, we are proud to offer a huge authentic selection of antique chests for sale in the UK.

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19th Century Mahogany & Leather Ottoman

£ 695

€812
$874
19th Century Mahogany & Leather Ottoman

19th Century Mahogany & Leather Ottoman

£ 695

€812
$874

Salisbury Antiques Centre

Dome Top Coffer Country Oak 1780

£ 885

€1,034
$1,113
Dome Top Coffer Country Oak 1780

Dome Top Coffer Country Oak 1780

£ 885

€1034
$1113

Trade Antiques

Large Victorian Pine Blanket Box

£ 450

€526
$566
Large Victorian Pine Blanket Box

Large Victorian Pine Blanket Box

£ 450

€526
$566

Elmgarden

Swedish Folk Art Painted Coffer Dated 1815

£ 940

€1,098
$1,182
Swedish Folk Art Painted Coffer Dated 1815

Swedish Folk Art Painted Coffer Dated 1815

£ 940

€1098
$1182

Campbell Vintage

19th Century Pine Mule Chest

£ 450

€526
$566
19th Century Pine Mule Chest

19th Century Pine Mule Chest

£ 450

€526
$566

The Old Yard

Antique 20th Century Coffer in Oak

£ 425

€496
$535
Antique 20th Century Coffer in Oak

Antique 20th Century Coffer in Oak

£ 425

€496
$535

ActFurniture LTD

Early Heavily Embossed Brass Box

£ 1,500

€1,752
$1,887
Early Heavily Embossed Brass Box

Early Heavily Embossed Brass Box

£ 1,500

€1752
$1887

Elmgarden

Antique 18th Century Coffer of Unusual Size in Oak

£ 795

€929
$1,000
17th Century Oak Six Plank Coffer

Walton House Antiques Ltd

17th Century Oak Six Plank Coffer

£ 720

€841
$906
17th Century Oak Six Plank Coffer

17th Century Oak Six Plank Coffer

£ 720

€841
$906

Walton House Antiques Ltd

Victorian Leather Buttoned Ottoman

£ 1,475

€1,723
$1,855
Victorian Leather Buttoned Ottoman

Victorian Leather Buttoned Ottoman

£ 1,475

€1723
$1855

Hingstons Antiques

George III Mahogany Lancashire Mule Chest

£ 1,450

€1,694
$1,824
George III Mahogany Lancashire Mule Chest

George III Mahogany Lancashire Mule Chest

£ 1,450

€1694
$1824

Church Street Antiques

Early 19th Century Oak & Mahogany Mule Chest

£ 1,175

€1,373
$1,478
Early 19th Century Oak & Mahogany Mule Chest

Early 19th Century Oak & Mahogany Mule Chest

£ 1,175

€1373
$1478

The Old Yard

17th Century Antique Oak Coffer

£ 1,400

€1,635
$1,761
17th Century Antique Oak Coffer

17th Century Antique Oak Coffer

£ 1,400

€1635
$1761

Holmes Antiques

Large 17th Century Antique Quality Carved Oak Coffer

£ 1,485

€1,735
$1,868
Large 17th Century Antique Quality Carved Oak Coffer

Large 17th Century Antique Quality Carved Oak Coffer

£ 1,485

€1735
$1868

London City Antiques

Victorian Buttoned Leather Ottoman

£ 1,275

€1,489
$1,604
Victorian Buttoned Leather Ottoman

Victorian Buttoned Leather Ottoman

£ 1,275

€1489
$1604

Hingstons Antiques

Antique Victorian Rustic Pine Trunk

£ 395

€461
$497
Antique Victorian Rustic Pine Trunk

Antique Victorian Rustic Pine Trunk

£ 395

€461
$497

Penderyn Antiques

Antique Georgian Mahogany Chest / Coffee Table

£ 495

€578
$623
Antique Georgian Mahogany Chest / Coffee Table

Antique Georgian Mahogany Chest / Coffee Table

£ 495

€578
$623

Antique Furniture Direct

Henry VIII Oak Coffer

Holmes Antiques

Henry VIII Oak Coffer

£ 5,800

€6,775
$7,296
Henry VIII Oak Coffer

Henry VIII Oak Coffer

£ 5,800

€6775
$7296

Holmes Antiques

Camphor Wood Trunk

£ 725

€847
$912
Camphor Wood Trunk

Camphor Wood Trunk

£ 725

€847
$912

LT Antiques

Antique Steel Bound Arch Top Pine Steamer Trunk

£ 140

€164
$176
Antique Steel Bound Arch Top Pine Steamer Trunk

Antique Steel Bound Arch Top Pine Steamer Trunk

£ 140

€164
$176

Barnaby's of Battle

Antique Pine Chest Blanket Box 1900s

£ 225

€263
$283
Antique Pine Chest Blanket Box 1900s

Antique Pine Chest Blanket Box 1900s

£ 225

€263
$283

Barnaby's of Battle

18th Century Oak Coffer

In a Nutshell Antiques & Interiors Ltd

18th Century Oak Coffer

£ 450

€526
$566
18th Century Oak Coffer

18th Century Oak Coffer

£ 450

€526
$566

In a Nutshell Antiques & Interiors Ltd

18th Century Carved & Inlaid Oak Coffer

£ 1,550

€1,811
$1,950
18th Century Carved & Inlaid Oak Coffer

18th Century Carved & Inlaid Oak Coffer

£ 1,550

€1811
$1950

Martlesham Antiques

Late 17th Century Oak Coffer

Stalham Antique Gallery

Late 17th Century Oak Coffer

£ 320

€374
$403
Late 17th Century Oak Coffer

Late 17th Century Oak Coffer

£ 320

€374
$403

Stalham Antique Gallery

Good Late 17th / Early 18th Century Oak Plank Coffer

£ 425

€496
$535
Good Late 17th / Early 18th Century Oak Plank Coffer

Good Late 17th / Early 18th Century Oak Plank Coffer

£ 425

€496
$535

Stalham Antique Gallery

17th Century English Oak Kist

£ 875

€1,022
$1,101
17th Century English Oak Kist

17th Century English Oak Kist

£ 875

€1022
$1101

Witch Antiques

Large Teak Campaign Chest

Salisbury Antiques Centre

Large Teak Campaign Chest

£ 680

€794
$855
Large Teak Campaign Chest

Large Teak Campaign Chest

£ 680

€794
$855

Salisbury Antiques Centre

18th Century Six Plank Elm Chip Carved Coffer

£ 780

€911
$981
18th Century Six Plank Elm Chip Carved Coffer

18th Century Six Plank Elm Chip Carved Coffer

£ 780

€911
$981

Campbell Vintage

Dutch Marquetry Bombe Chest of Drawers

£ 825

€964
$1,038
Dutch Marquetry Bombe Chest of Drawers

Dutch Marquetry Bombe Chest of Drawers

£ 825

€964
$1038

Matthew Coles Antiques

Small Camphorwood Chest or Trunk

£ 375

€438
$472
Small Camphorwood Chest or Trunk

Small Camphorwood Chest or Trunk

£ 375

€438
$472

Tony Youll Antiques

Stripped Pine Ottoman

Gildersleve Antiques

Stripped Pine Ottoman

£ 220

€257
$277
Stripped Pine Ottoman

Stripped Pine Ottoman

£ 220

€257
$277

Gildersleve Antiques

Georgian Coffer

Bridport Antiques at The Alleyways Centre

Georgian Coffer

£ 995

€1,162
$1,252
Georgian Coffer

Georgian Coffer

£ 995

€1162
$1252

Bridport Antiques at The Alleyways Centre

Oak Carved Four Panel Coffer 19th Century

£ 760

€888
$956
Oak Carved Four Panel Coffer 19th Century

Oak Carved Four Panel Coffer 19th Century

£ 760

€888
$956

Campbell Vintage

Large Oak Coffer c.1680

£ 399

€466
$502
Large Oak Coffer c.1680

Large Oak Coffer c.1680

£ 399

€466
$502

Planet Antiques

17th Century Solid Oak Blanket Box

£ 795

€929
$1,000
17th Century Solid Oak Blanket Box

17th Century Solid Oak Blanket Box

£ 795

€929
$1000

LT Antiques

Antique Iron Bound Pine Trunk

£ 495

€578
$623
Antique Iron Bound Pine Trunk

Antique Iron Bound Pine Trunk

£ 495

€578
$623

Rettendon Antiques

Antique Pine Blanket Box

Penderyn Antiques

Antique Pine Blanket Box

£ 495

€578
$623
Antique Pine Blanket Box

Antique Pine Blanket Box

£ 495

€578
$623

Penderyn Antiques

History of Antique Chests and Trunks

The earliest history of chest and trunks can be traced back to the medieval era. But it was not until the Victorian era (around the 1870s) when they became a popular piece of furniture used in many households. The start of their popularity also coincided with the construction of cross-country railroads, as well as intercontinental travel by water. This facilitated the spread of the trunks and chests to various parts of the world when used for travel purposes. 

Historically, trunks and chests were classed as two different pieces of furniture, although they are often confused with each other. Trunks were used more as luggage for storing items and moving them from one location to another. Meanwhile, chests were designed to be a fixed and permanent fixture at home. But they are both very similar and serve the same purpose when it comes to storing personal items or serving as a treasure chest at home (or used in transit). 

Over the years, there was a growing demand for this type of furniture that it was not uncommon to find antique chests UK dealers and sellers. Like most other Victorian pieces of furniture, they started out as simple objects that were handmade for a functional purpose. But over the years, chests were made out of a variety of materials that led to the spread of oak chest and pine storage boxes, among other types of wooden chest furniture. 

Feel free to browse through different periods and styles and enjoy the timeless elegance of the different antique chests and vintage trunks available on the Love Antiques website.


A Look into Different Types of Antique Chests for Sale at Love Antiques 

The different types of antique chest for sale in the UK at Love Antiques can be categorised based on style. The most common type is the flat-topped one, which is primarily used for travel. As the name implies, it comes with a flat top that makes it easy to stack on trains or carriages. This type of chest also has its variations, including those wooden trunk items, particularly pine trunk. There are also those made of leather or metal. 

Another common type of vintage chest comes with a dome top. These are also called round top or camel top chests and their dome shape provides extra storage. They can be used as a tool chest or blanket box. These types of chests are also made of embossed tin, although now you can find more in terms of the variety of materials used. And then there are those slatted antique trunks. They are a favorite among collectors because they exhibit fine craftsmanship. In the olden days, they are often used as travel trunks or what people then also called a steamer trunk.

You can also choose an antique chest based on their origins. Doing this ensures that you add a piece of furniture that offers a distinctive style to your home. Love Antiques provides a wide variety of vintage chests, including those that are from Asia (mostly Chinese), France, Great Britain, and Italy. We have many options from the 19th century but you can filter the categories to find the period that you want in particular. 


Ready to Shop for an Antique Chest Online Delivered across the UK and Europe? 


Love Antiques is the best place for vintage trunks and chests UK has for sale. You can find all kinds of trunks and storage chests to match your storage needs at home or your interior decoration style. As we bring you the most comprehensive collection of storage chest and storage trunk products, you are sure to find a match for your home. To get started on shopping from our massive inventory, you can set up a buyer’s account. This process only takes a few steps and you can then purchase your favorite piece. 

As there are literally thousands of vintage chests available, you can filter your search into different categories such as type of antique chest, material, period, and origin. We make sure to authenticate all items listed on our antique dealer website so you can ensure that our antique trunks are genuine and worth your investment. For more questions on the authenticity and verification of our antique pieces, do not hesitate to contact us.


Antique Chest & Vintage Trunks FAQs


How much are antique chests worth?

Not every old chest for sale is antique, but if you go to a reputable antique dealer such as Love Antiques, you can find an antique chest for sale from £120-£12,000. An antique wooden chest’s value is greatly affected by style, size, material, condition and rarity, among others. The rarity as well as the style are the most important factors when it comes to determining the value of the antique furniture.


What is the history of wooden chests, storage trunks and boxes?

Wooden chests, trunks and boxes have long been used to store different items and for quite a while; the antique wooden trunk, antique wooden storage boxes, and antique wooden chest had been something you would commonly find in homes. From ancient Egyptians who used them in ceremonies, to the ancient Greeks and Romans who stored their belongings into these things. It was, however, in the Medieval and Middle Ages in Britain when wealthy nobles would own hundreds of these items for keeping clothes to hiding weapons.


How do you date an old vintage storage trunk or antique chest?

Whether you have an antique storage chest or some vintage storage trunks and chests, finding out the age is essential in valuing old furniture. It’s not enough that you identify the style to trace it back to a time period when it was popular, albeit you can check the styles of vintage wooden chests and vintage trunks for sale as well as their antique versions at Love Antiques for comparison. Take your item to a reputable expert who can assess the value as well as provide other information on your item.


What is a steamer trunk?

First appearing in the 1870s, this antique storage trunk was called a steamer trunk as it was stored in a steam ship cabin, albeit it was also boarded on a train or on a coach. Also called traveling trunk or cabin trunk, it either had slightly curved or flat top and was covered in patterned paper, canvas or leather. About 36cm tall and weighing as much as 100 pounds, these types of antique trunks were initially created as luggage for extended trips or for taking to boarding school.


How do I know if my antique trunk is valuable?

The best thing to do is to take it to an appraiser. You can find one online or you can go to nearby antique dealers to ask for recommendations. Antique trunks for sale are usually priced between £75 and £3,650, depending on a lot of factors. The item has to be in good condition and has less or no missing pieces and broken parts. Defects can greatly affect the price. The same goes for other pieces, such as an antique chest and a vintage storage chest. The more intact the original parts of the antique piece, the higher its value would be.