Antique Tabletop Specimen Cabinet
with 14 Drawers
Fantastic original specimen chest dating from the early 20th Century. It is a very well made good quality piece, made of solid mahogany with a ply back. Chests such as this were used for storing all sorts of things - collectors would use them to store samples in, whether that be rocks, butterflies, or coins etc and they were often used by watch makers to store all the various parts in. At one point the drawers have been sectioned into smaller compartments and could easily be done so again. This particular chest has fourteen long drawers, all lined with green felt. It is a handmade set and each drawer fits best in a particular order - they are numbered 1 to 14 in roman numerals.
Overall, it is in good original condition and has developed a lovely aged patina. It is not new and it is handmade so please do not expect it to be like new modern furniture. It has picked up lots of knocks and scuffs over its many years and not all the knobs match. There is an old split at the back of the wood on the top which has been stuck and repaired at some point but is still visible if you look for it and there are some water marks on the top. The drawers are clean and all run smoothly. It displays very well and is certainly usable.
Approximate Measurements :
Height : 21" (54cm)
Width : 19" (48cm)
Depth : 13" (33cm)
Drawer base : 11" (28cm) x 16 1/2" (42cm)
The best description I can give comes from the photos so please look at them all carefully and if you have any questions please ask.