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

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Vintage Painted Pennsylvania Blanket Box
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Painted Pennsylvania Blanket Box
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$1107 Bids
Antique Cherry Blanket Box
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Cherry Blanket Box
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$503 Bids
19th Century Pennsylvania Pine Blanket Chest
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
19th Century Pennsylvania Pine Blanket Chest
by Caza Sikes
Est: $100- $150
$502 Bids
18TH C. NEW ENGLAND PAINTED BLANKET CHEST
Oct 24, 11:00 AM EDT
18TH C. NEW ENGLAND PAINTED BLANKET CHEST
by CRN Auctions
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$1,2001 Bid
Painted blanket chest
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Painted blanket chest
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$301 Bid
New England Blanket Box
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
New England Blanket Box
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
19TH C. N. EUROPEAN POLYCHROME BLANKET CHEST
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
19TH C. N. EUROPEAN POLYCHROME BLANKET CHEST
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Post & Panel Painted Blanket Chest
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
Post & Panel Painted Blanket Chest
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Midwestern Painted Blanket Chest
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Midwestern Painted Blanket Chest
by Caza Sikes
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
A Chippendale grain and polychrome decorated blanket chest dated 1806
Oct 17, 9:30 AM PDT
A Chippendale grain and polychrome decorated blanket chest dated 1806
by Clars Auction Gallery
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,0000 Bids
A Chippendale grain and polychrome paint decorated pine blanket chest dated1805
Oct 17, 9:30 AM PDT
A Chippendale grain and polychrome paint decorated pine blanket chest dated1805
by Clars Auction Gallery
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,0000 Bids
19th Century Pine Blanket Chest
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
19th Century Pine Blanket Chest
by Main Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Decorated blanket chest
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Decorated blanket chest
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$300 Bids
Small Scandinavian blanket chest
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Small Scandinavian blanket chest
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$300 Bids
BLANKET CHEST, VALLEY OF VIRGINIA, MESDA LABEL
Oct 26, 10:00 AM EDT
BLANKET CHEST, VALLEY OF VIRGINIA, MESDA LABEL
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,2000 Bids
Southern Walnut Blanket Chest on Stand, possibly Kentucky
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
Southern Walnut Blanket Chest on Stand, possibly Kentucky
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $1,200- $1,400
$6000 Bids
Southern Walnut Blanket Chest on Tall Tapered Legs, Old Surface
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
Southern Walnut Blanket Chest on Tall Tapered Legs, Old Surface
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $400- $450
$2000 Bids
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Blue Dome Top Blanket Chest
Oct 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Blue Dome Top Blanket Chest
by New Haven Auctions
Est: $250- $500
$500 Bids
A GOOD 19C SIX BOARD GRAIN PAINTED BLANKET CHEST
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
A GOOD 19C SIX BOARD GRAIN PAINTED BLANKET CHEST
by Dirk Soulis Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
A MID 20TH CENTURY REPRODUCTION BLANKET CHEST
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
A MID 20TH CENTURY REPRODUCTION BLANKET CHEST
by Dirk Soulis Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$500 Bids
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GEORGE III OAK BLANKET CHEST, 18TH C.
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
GEORGE III OAK BLANKET CHEST, 18TH C.
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Continental Pine blanket chest circa 1900
Oct 16, 9:30 AM PDT
Continental Pine blanket chest circa 1900
by Clars Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
American 19th Century Blanket Chest in Cherry
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
American 19th Century Blanket Chest in Cherry
by Caza Sikes
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
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Arca vasca realizada en madera tallada con motivos religiosos.
Oct 27, 4:30 PM CEST
Arca vasca realizada en madera tallada con motivos religiosos.
by Arte Subastas Bilbao
Est: €0- €0
€2500 Bids

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