Blanket chests were very popular during early pioneer times. In later years, drawers were added, increasing the height, and gradually a different piece of furniture evolved called the mule chest. Early pioneer homes had no closets in which to store their clothing, blankets, and household linens. Attics were not readily accessible, and cellars were apt to be damp. Thus, the blanket chest came into use.
In its simplest form, a blanket chest was a large wooden box with a hinged lid. Although it functioned primarily as a place to store blankets and clothes, it also served as an additional seating place, for chairs were a luxury in most homes. Frequently chests were used for the storage of linens and things, especially those a bride brought to her husband-to-be. This is known as the dowry. From this evolved the name “hope” chest, now commonly used.
- Dimensions: H = 23.5″, W = 33.5″, L = 49
- Solid Black Cherry construction
- Dovetailed drawer
- Bronze signature medallion
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This blanket chest is the model for our blanket chest; the original chest is in the Newell K. Whitney General Store in Kirtland, Ohio.
We always had one and I still think it’s a must. The ones we had were made with cedar wood or cedar lined, and kept moths away. It also kept a good smell on the blankets for when we had unexpected company. We didn’t have the modern washer and dryer, so keeping them clean and stored was important. Our wringer washers were too small to wash large quilts. We always had to take them to the laundromat in town and we would only do that, maybe, twice a year, so it was an essential piece in our home.