Please send images at your convenience.
We will start with the just the item photo'd in 4356. Does the top lift up, like a trunk, and can I see the joinery at corner/interior as well as inside of lock mechanism and the key. Also you mention it is carved 1881, though in the photos it appears as (1)818, or 1818 with the first number 1 missing.
Thank you for the additional information. Please send a photo of the lock and interior also can you confirm if it is 1818, which is what I think I see or is it 1881, which is what you stated is on it.
Great, I will look forward to them, thank you! ~Nora
Thank you for the images. Please allow me some time to look these over for you.
Seeing the carvings on each of the bottom panels will be really helpful as with corners of the bottom drawer and the front/back side where attached views of the iron pulls and lock on bottom.
I will need to see the other detail shots at your convenience.
I will need to see more images of the trunk to start:
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Hi, my name is*****'m a certified appraiser, and I'd be happy to help.
This is an American blanket chest, from New England, circa 1818 as you indicated. These larger blanket chests, with a drawer beneath, were also known as mule chests.
It's very likely that this was intended as a hope chest or wedding gift, and the initials MD would refer to the owner.
It's really a very lovely and exceptional piece--the tones of the wood and the rustic carving are very nice. It really seems that it was a work of love by a true craftsman.
I'd estimate the value at $5,000.00, but with the right buyers it could go higher. It's so nice!
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It appears you rated the other question--which we didn't finish--rather than this one! I am heading over to work on that now.