Early English/Sussex Antique Six Plank Elm Coffer Chest Trunk Circa 1720


An absolutely gorgeous early antique English/Sussex elm six plank coffer. Great larger size perfect as a coffee table, end of bed storage or side table. Fabulous detailing with open grain and deep mellow patina from years of use. Original penny farthing hinges and candle box to interior. Shaped carved apron ends, original hand forged wrought iron handles, this statement piece of furniture looks fabulous from all angles. Circa 1720.

Antique coffers are sought after country pieces of period antique furniture and are one of the earliest forms of furniture on record. The coffer would usually be constructed from planks of solid oak with a hinged lid and be of simple pegged construction or with the old iron clout nails. They will often have a small hinged compartment on the inside for storing candles. Period antique coffers are mainly seen from the 17th and early 18th century and although are very simply made, they are very strong and robust so have stood the test of time. This is why you can see some stunning examples still in good original condition full of lovely charm and character. They were built as dual purpose, storing goods such as bedding or silver and also a surface for sitting on or using as a side table. This example is early with the use of single planks of elm and in good order for age.

Length 116cm x Height 57cm x Depth 46cm

As a genuine antique/vintage product there is wear and use commensurate with age.  Some wooden products may have signs of historic woodworm. As a precaution we apply a clear triple action woodworm treatment that also kills wet rot, dry rot and woodworm. Please look at all the images carefully and ask any questions pre purchase as we do not unfortunately offer refunds due to the size and shipping costs of our antiques/items.  All our items are available on line at Search & Rescued and other online stores.