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Blanket Chests

In its simplest form, this down-to-earth piece of furniture was a large wooden box with a hinged lift-top that functioned as a place to keep textiles, linens, and other items in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

Early blanket chests, also known as six-board chests, were barely-adorned and made from pine or birch. These bare-boned, hand-dovetailed storage pieces would eventually take on a new life and name as bridal or hope chests. Many were stained, painted, carved, or otherwise decorated to reflect their higher profile and were often crafted in one-, two-, or three-drawer styles.

Considered by many to be the "Mercedes of American chests," so-called Hadley chests were hefty, high quality oak repositories produced along the Connecticut River in Western New England between 1690 and 1740 favored by well-to-do housewives and socialites.

The once-humble blanket chest has ascended to modern high style, picked up at auction to serve as makeshift benches, coffee tables and focal points.


Quick Facts

  • In 2015 at Freeman's, a painted and decorated dower chest by Johannes Spitler (1774-1837) sold at auction for a record $350,000
  • In a 2012 Laughlin auction, an unsigned Johannes Spitler blanket chest sold to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia, for $150,000
  • A hand-painted folk art blanket chest made in Pennsylvania in 1787 sold at a Bonhams auction for $16,250

Recommended Items at Auction

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Kentucky Cherry Paneled Blanket Chest
Apr 14, 6:00 PM EDT
Kentucky Cherry Paneled Blanket Chest
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$42524 Bids
STENCIL PAINTED LANE BLANKET CHEST
Apr 13, 11:00 AM EDT
STENCIL PAINTED LANE BLANKET CHEST
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$255 Bids
1782 Continental Paint Decorated Small Blanket Chest
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
1782 Continental Paint Decorated Small Blanket Chest
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Fine Antique Asian Metal Mounted Blanket Chest
Apr 16, 10:00 AM EDT
Fine Antique Asian Metal Mounted Blanket Chest
by Material Culture
Est: $300- $500
$1001 Bid
New England Pine Three-Drawer Blanket Chest, Possibly Shaker (New England, ca. 1820)
Apr 13, 10:00 AM EDT
New England Pine Three-Drawer Blanket Chest, Possibly Shaker (New England, ca. 1820)
by Bray & Co. Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
Painted Blanket Chest
Apr 20, 9:00 AM EDT
Painted Blanket Chest
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Faux Grain Painted Blanket Chest Trunk, Folk Art
Apr 13, 12:00 PM EDT
Faux Grain Painted Blanket Chest Trunk, Folk Art
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Early American Bittersweet Painted Wooden Blanket Chest
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Early American Bittersweet Painted Wooden Blanket Chest
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
OAK BLANKET CHEST
Apr 15, 7:00 PM CEST
OAK BLANKET CHEST
by Derksen Veilingbedrijf
Est: €50- €100
€500 Bids
Cedar Wood & Brass Strap Blanket Chest
Apr 13, 12:00 PM EDT
Cedar Wood & Brass Strap Blanket Chest
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
CIRCA 1850 BLANKET CHEST TO KANSAS CITY FAMILY BEHNEY
Apr 13, 11:00 AM CDT
CIRCA 1850 BLANKET CHEST TO KANSAS CITY FAMILY BEHNEY
by Dirk Soulis Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Lancaster Co. Pennsylvania Painted Blanket Box
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Lancaster Co. Pennsylvania Painted Blanket Box
by Devin Moisan Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
FINE OAK BLANKET BOX, OF PLAIN RECTANGULAR FORM, THE HINGED LID REVEALING A PLAIN INTERIOR RAISED ON BRACKET FEET.
Apr 13, 11:00 AM EDT
FINE OAK BLANKET BOX, OF PLAIN RECTANGULAR FORM, THE HINGED LID REVEALING A PLAIN INTERIOR RAISED ON BRACKET FEET.
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $1,200- $2,000
$5500 Bids
LANE MAHOGANY CHIPPENDALE STYLE CEDAR LOWBOY CHEST
Apr 14, 11:00 AM EDT
LANE MAHOGANY CHIPPENDALE STYLE CEDAR LOWBOY CHEST
by White's Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$500 Bids
GOOD AMERICAN BLANKET CHEST, C. 1840
Apr 24, 9:00 AM CDT
GOOD AMERICAN BLANKET CHEST, C. 1840
by Jackson's International
Est: $50- $100
$400 Bids
18th century blanket chest
Apr 19, 10:00 AM CEST
18th century blanket chest
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €100- €300
€1000 Bids
German oak blanket chest
Apr 19, 10:00 AM CEST
German oak blanket chest
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €90- €270
€900 Bids
Paint-Decorated Miniature Blanket Box & Box
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Paint-Decorated Miniature Blanket Box & Box
by Devin Moisan Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
American Grain-Painted Blanket Box
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
American Grain-Painted Blanket Box
by Devin Moisan Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
ANTIQUE OAK BLANKET CHEST
Apr 15, 7:00 PM CEST
ANTIQUE OAK BLANKET CHEST
by Derksen Veilingbedrijf
Est: €80- €120
€800 Bids
Blanket chest
Apr 19, 10:00 AM CEST
Blanket chest
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €200- €600
€2000 Bids
Dovetailed Pine Blanket Box, 19th Century
Apr 27, 9:30 AM EDT
Dovetailed Pine Blanket Box, 19th Century
by Rafael Osona Auctions
Est: $250- $300
$2000 Bids
A Charles II Oak and Marquetry Blanket Chest
Apr 23, 10:00 AM CDT
A Charles II Oak and Marquetry Blanket Chest
by Hindman
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
OAK BLANKET CHEST
Apr 15, 7:00 PM CEST
OAK BLANKET CHEST
by Derksen Veilingbedrijf
Est: €100- €150
€1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Blanket Chests


Derksen Veilingbedrijf

Derksen Veilingbedrijf

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Pook & Pook Inc.

Pook & Pook Inc.

Clars Auctions

Clars Auctions