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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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Pennsylvania miniature painted pine blanket chest
Oct 06, 9:00 AM EDT
Pennsylvania miniature painted pine blanket chest
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1752 Bids
Outstanding Circa 1790-1810 Ohio Valley Grain Painted Blanket Chest
Oct 23, 6:00 PM EDT
Outstanding Circa 1790-1810 Ohio Valley Grain Painted Blanket Chest
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Vintage Blanket Chest
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Blanket Chest
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
17th/18th Century Jacobean Chest of Drawers
Oct 16, 11:00 AM EDT
17th/18th Century Jacobean Chest of Drawers
by Amero Auctions
Est: $600- $800
$3001 Bid
Small Unique Antique Pine Lift Top Blanket Box
Oct 23, 6:00 PM EDT
Small Unique Antique Pine Lift Top Blanket Box
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Pennsylvania painted pine blanket chest
Oct 06, 9:00 AM EDT
Pennsylvania painted pine blanket chest
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $6,000- $9,000
$3,0001 Bid
Miniature Pennsylvania cherry blanket chest
Oct 07, 9:00 AM EDT
Miniature Pennsylvania cherry blanket chest
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
18th century oak blanket chest
Oct 07, 10:00 AM CEST
18th century oak blanket chest
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€1000 Bids
Antique German blanket chest, 1820
Oct 07, 10:00 AM CEST
Antique German blanket chest, 1820
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€1000 Bids
Oak box
Oct 07, 10:00 AM CEST
Oak box
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€1000 Bids
EARLY DUTCH PAINTED BLANKET CHEST, 18TH CENTURY
Oct 18, 10:00 AM EDT
EARLY DUTCH PAINTED BLANKET CHEST, 18TH CENTURY
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $500- $700
$3000 Bids
ENGLISH OAK BLANKET CHEST, 17TH/18TH CENTURY
Oct 18, 10:00 AM EDT
ENGLISH OAK BLANKET CHEST, 17TH/18TH CENTURY
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $400- $600
$2500 Bids
Six Board Blanket Chest in Red
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Six Board Blanket Chest in Red
by New England Auctions
Est: $250- $500
$500 Bids
Small Decorated Blanket Chest
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Small Decorated Blanket Chest
by New England Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$1000 Bids
Miniature Painted Blanket Chest
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Miniature Painted Blanket Chest
by New England Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
Early American Country Green Painted Pine Blanket Chest
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Early American Country Green Painted Pine Blanket Chest
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $600
$500 Bids
CEDAR BLANKET BOX
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
CEDAR BLANKET BOX
by Withington Auctions
Est: $70- $100
$300 Bids
Early Painted Two Drawer Blanket Chest
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Early Painted Two Drawer Blanket Chest
by New England Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$1000 Bids
Antique folk painted carved wood blanket chest
Oct 13, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique folk painted carved wood blanket chest
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Two Drawer Blanket Chest with Three False Drawers
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Two Drawer Blanket Chest with Three False Drawers
by New England Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$1000 Bids
Pennsylvania Blanket Chest
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Pennsylvania Blanket Chest
by New England Auctions
Est: $400- $800
$1000 Bids
One-Drawer Blanket Chest in Blue Paint
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
One-Drawer Blanket Chest in Blue Paint
by New England Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$1000 Bids
SID POLLARD, BAGBY BLANKET BOX, CIRCA 1960S
Oct 12, 10:00 AM BST
SID POLLARD, BAGBY BLANKET BOX, CIRCA 1960S
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £1,000- £2,000
£5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Blanket Chests


Pook & Pook Inc.

Pook & Pook Inc.

New England Auctions

New England Auctions

Link Auction Galleries

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Eldred's

Eldred's