Antique Chests

Antique Chests from LoveAntiques

Antique Chests

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. 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. 

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Early 19th Century Oak Mule Chest from Michael Clifford Antiques

For sale is a stunning 19th century Oak Mule Chest. Stunning look that only time can give. Built with quality showing in the dovetail joints. Two lower drawers with original pewter handles. Slightly ...
Early 19th Century Oak Mule Chest from Michael Clifford Antiques

£195

$244 €221

Superb Small Proportioned 17th Century Oak Panelled Coffer c.1690 from Charnwood Antiques

Superb Small Proportioned 17th Century Oak Panelled Coffer Circa 1680-90 with tall stile feet & original wire loop hinges. Three panel top & front. Working lock & key. Some wear ...
Superb Small Proportioned 17th Century Oak Panelled Coffer c.1690 from Charnwood Antiques

£995

$1,246 €1,128

Georgian Oak Dower Chest from Wickersley Antiques

A good 18th Century antique dower chest in oak with walnut cross banding, it has six drawers two of which (top two) are false drawers as the top lifts ...
Georgian Oak Dower Chest from Wickersley Antiques

£890

$1,115 €1,009

19th Century Brass Bound Sea Chest / Coffee Table from Rettendon Antiques

19th Century antique brass bound sea chest with brass end carrying handles and finely engraved presentation plaque dedicated to Mr Alderman dated 1855. Ideal for a coffee table.
19th Century Brass Bound Sea Chest / Coffee Table from Rettendon Antiques

£750

$939 €850

Large Oak Panelled Blanket Chest from Planet Antiques

Large Oak Panelled Blanket Chest. Lovely item to find given its large size, looks absolutely stunning with the solid oak panelling and original wheels this item has a great number of ...
Large Oak Panelled Blanket Chest from Planet Antiques

£125

$157 €142

Chinese Campaign Desk from McBains Antiques 2 Vintage

Good midcentury small Chinese campaign writing desk with brass mounts.
Chinese Campaign Desk from McBains Antiques 2 Vintage

£225

$282 €255

Huge Antique French Long Coffer c.1900 from Daniel Clark Furniture

A highly impressive and unusual rustic French coffer. Of a very large size this has a lot of useful storage space. It could also be used as a coffee table. ...
Huge Antique French Long Coffer c.1900 from Daniel Clark Furniture

£595

$745 €675

17th Century Oak Coffer from Bridport Antiques

Offered for sale is this 17th Century antique oak inlaid coffer, carved flowers and foliage on style legs.
17th Century Oak Coffer from Bridport Antiques

£1,150

$1,440 €1,304

Good Quality 17th Century Oak Panelled Coffer c.1690 from Charnwood Antiques

Good quality 17th Century antique oak panelled coffer, with panelled top, front & ends. Well executed deep carving to frieze & front panels with fine detailing to tall stile legs, ...
Good Quality 17th Century Oak Panelled Coffer c.1690 from Charnwood Antiques

£795

$996 €901

Good 18th Century Italian Carved Walnut Cassone Chest from Christopher Bigden Antiques & Fine Art

A good 18th century italian carved walnut cassone (chest). The front carved with mythological scenes of warriors, chariots and horses etc... Really good deep carving with a super colour and ...
Good 18th Century Italian Carved Walnut Cassone Chest from Christopher Bigden Antiques & Fine Art

£1,650

$2,066 €1,871

Oak Coffer from Bridport Antiques

This 17th Century antique coffer has beautiful patina. A very large and heavy solid oak storage box. Attractively carved on three sides, with a heavy hinged lid.
Oak Coffer from Bridport Antiques

£1,250

$1,565 €1,417

Victorian Camphor Wood Trunk from Georgian Antiques

Victorian antique camphor wood and brass bound travelling trunk, with rectangular shape with embedded brass plaque (not engraved) to the centre and swan neck lifting handles to either side. There ...
Victorian Camphor Wood Trunk from Georgian Antiques

£1,150

$1,440 €1,304

Late 17th Century Large Oak Coffer from Walton House Antiques Ltd

An impressive Late 17th century large oak coffer with four panels to front and top unusually solid ends. The front panels having lozenge carved details. All of the items that we ...
Late 17th Century Large Oak Coffer from Walton House Antiques Ltd

£780

$977 €884

Small 18th Century Oak Panelled Coffer from Millers Antiques

A small oak coffer, with original panels to the front, top and sides, standing on bracket feet.
Small 18th Century Oak Panelled Coffer from Millers Antiques

£650

$814 €737

Antique Swat Valley Dowry Chest from Milly's Antiques

The Dowry Chest, also known as Hope Chest or Bride's Chest was and still is a traditional and functional component of Oriental culture. Dowry chests were filled with linens, jewellery, copper ...
Antique Swat Valley Dowry Chest from Milly's Antiques

£895

$1,121 €1,015

Antique Mahogany Ottoman Window Seat from The Antique Shop

Antique Mahogany Ottoman Window Seat. This mahogany ottoman / window seat has a upholstered padded buttoned top. Having long drawer under and fitted with brass handles and stands on shaped ...
Antique Mahogany Ottoman Window Seat from The Antique Shop

£585

$733 €663

Victorian Brass Bound Military Chest from Hingstons Antiques

Here we have this Victorian trunk that would have been used by a British officer to transport his uniforms and valuables around the Empire. This chest is made of teak ...
Victorian Brass Bound Military Chest from Hingstons Antiques

£1,275

$1,597 €1,446

Victorian Brass Bound Teak Trunk from Hingstons Antiques

Here we are pleased to offer you this Victorian brass bound teak trunk that was used by Colonial families on their journeys around the British Empire. This type of chest ...
Victorian Brass Bound Teak Trunk from Hingstons Antiques

£985

$1,234 €1,117

Early 20th Century Oriental Carved Teak & Camphor Wood Chest from Arrowsmith Antiques & Restoration

An extremely good quality early 20th Century Oriental freestanding teak chest with beautifully carved inset panels of sailing ships, pagodas and trees to all four sides and top with floral ...
Early 20th Century Oriental Carved Teak & Camphor Wood Chest from Arrowsmith Antiques & Restoration

Oak Coffer c.1700 from Anne Stroud Antiques

This is an early antique oak panelled coffer Circa 1700, having a good colour and in good overall condition as found.
Oak Coffer c.1700 from Anne Stroud Antiques

£375

$470 €425

Antique Campaign Chest WW1 Military Industrial Wooden Trunk Coffee Table + Key from Vintage Trunks & Chests

An antique WW1 military campaign footlocker trunk in rustic pine and ply with original paint finishes and text, zinc lined interior and working lock with key. In ply with brass studded ...
Antique Campaign Chest WW1 Military Industrial Wooden Trunk Coffee Table + Key from Vintage Trunks & Chests

£425

$532 €482

Welsh Oak Blanket Chest c.1750 from Pughs Antiques

Offered for sale is this 18th Century Welsh antique oak blanket chest. Very versatile. Huge storage options. Lift up Lid.
Welsh Oak Blanket Chest c.1750 from Pughs Antiques

£350

$438 €397

19th Century Brass Studded Treasure Chest from Elmgarden

19th Century Brass Studded Treasure Chest This is an attractive piece, it is covered in and bound in Brass with much brass stud work decoration, the chest has a Dome ...
19th Century Brass Studded Treasure Chest from Elmgarden

£250

$313 €283

19th Century Campaign Camphor Trunk from Antique & Decorative

Good colour and nicely figured timbers brass bindings and carrying handles
19th Century Campaign Camphor Trunk from Antique & Decorative

£760

$952 €862

Large Carved Oak Coffer Box c.1900 from LT Antiques

A very large and heavy solid oak coffer storage box in good condition and ready for use. Heavily carved on all sides, with a heavy hinged lid which opens to ...
Large Carved Oak Coffer Box c.1900 from LT Antiques

£595

$745 €675

Antique French Studded Leather Chest from Rams Head Antiques

This is a stunning early 19th century French leather chest with a fabulous nut brown colour and lovely studded designs to the front, lid and sides. The chest is in ...
Antique French Studded Leather Chest from Rams Head Antiques

£1,290

$1,616 €1,463

Antique Painted Folk Art Swedish Chest from Rams Head Antiques

This is a very charming early 19th century pinewood hand painted Swedish Chest on slender legs dating from around 1850. The chest is in remarkable original condition with a good ...
Antique Painted Folk Art Swedish Chest from Rams Head Antiques

£485

$607 €550

Rustic Elm Coffer c.1850 from Worboys Antiques

19th Century antique rustic elm coffer with a lift up lid raised on a plinth with bracket feet Current Condition Good Original Condition (please note the warped left hand edge) Dimensions 95.00cm wide ...
Rustic Elm Coffer c.1850 from Worboys Antiques

£365

$457 €414

Late 17th Century Oak Coffer from Worboys Antiques

Late 17th century oak coffer having panelled sides and a three carved panel front raised on square legs.Probably from the Yorkshire area. Please note:- Although most items are on display in our ...
Late 17th Century Oak Coffer from Worboys Antiques

£485

$607 €550

Antique Concave Ottoman Upholstered in Antique Kilim c.1850 Country House Antique from Shai Abbassi Antiques

Thank you for viewing my items, Everything you see is sourced by me personally on my travels around the UK, Then restored upholstered etc in my workshop on the Surrey ...
Antique Concave Ottoman Upholstered in Antique Kilim c.1850 Country House Antique from Shai Abbassi Antiques

£695

$870 €788

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 1870's) 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.  

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.  

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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.