During the 19th century, sailing ships circumnavigated the globe in great numbers. each of these tall ships required crew members to sign on for months at a time--and sometimes for several crossings. Since these itinerant sailors often transferred from one ship to the next, they carried their belongings in a small chest. These spartan items might include a change of clothes, some mementos of home and perhaps some scrimshaw he was working on at the time. Often the interior of the chest was decorated with artwork depicting the ship or scenes from home.
The rope handles on these chests were a testament to the knot tying skills of the sailor, since a sailor who couldn't tie a good knot wasn't worth his weight in ballast.
This chest has been restored to its original glory and is an excellent example of its breed. The gold painted trim, rope handles and interior paint are just as they would have appeared originally. The size of this chest is perfect for use as a coffee table or occasional table and the nautical theme is never out of style.
Dating to the 19th century, this chest measures: Height: 15.75", Width: 31", Depth: 15.5"
Originally an 18th Century grist mill, Mill House Antiques can be found nestled in a gentle bend of the Nonnewaug River along Route 6 in northern Woodbury, Connecticut. Established in 1964 as a destination for fine antiques, Mill House attracts an international clientele of discriminating collectors…