17th Century Oak Coffer SOLD

This is an exceptional 17th Century Oak Coffer or Mule Kist in really good original condition with a great colour and patina.
The quality of the carving and for that matter the whole construction of the chest is first class. It retains wonderful quality original strap hinges.

Price £2600 SOLD

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A very good 17th century Oak Coffer, probably from Devon. The condition is excellent, the piece stands very well up on its feet and retains superb original hinges. The inside of the lid is lined with news paper dated 1837 the year Victoria came to the throne. The Coffer is initialed I B on the bottom rail.

Price £1800

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17th Century Panelled Coffer

A superbly carved 17th Century panelled Oak Coffer of wonderful colour and surface, inlaid with bog Oak and Holly. Hinges replaced.

Price £1800 SOLD

dimensions: 72 high, 158cm wide, 60cm deep

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A really nice, very well Carved 17th Century Oak coffer having carved ends. The colour is very good and it stands very well having lost nothing from the feet, the top is paneled.  The ring hinges are original.

Price £1400 SOLD


Height = 77 cm (31″)
Width = 125 cm (49″)
Depth = 58 cm (23″)

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A 17th century Oak paneled Coffer of wonderful colour and nicely carved front. Hinges replaced.

Price £1,100 SOLD

Height = 61 cm (24″)
Width = 143 cm (56″)
Depth = 57 cm (23″)

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17th Century Oak Coffer SOLD

A superb very well carved 17th Century Oak Mule Kist in mint condition of very good colour with exceptionally clean interior and Wonderful dry paneled back.  The piece has the original ring hinges and even the original drawer lock. SOLD



Price £1800
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17th Century Paneled Oak Coffer

A heavily carved 17th Century paneled Oak Coffer in very good clean condition of good colour and patina. Hinges replaced.

Price £1100


49″ wide

20″ deep

25″ high

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17th Century Oak Coffer

A very good heavily carved 17th Century Oak Coffer Of Superb Colour retaining the original ring hinges.

48″ wide
22″ deep
25″ high

Price £1200 SOLD

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Small 17th Century Oak Coffer

A Small 17th Century Oak Plank Coffer of rich warm colour in good original condition. Hinges replaced.
39″ long
24″ high
15″ deep

Price £650

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16th Century Nonsuch Chest

A Rare 16th Century Nonsuch chest in remarkably original condition.
The chest is of dovetail construction using highly figured oak all cleanly planed except for the underneath which has been left showing the original riving of the timber. The top is battoned on the sides and front allowing the lid to fit over the chest itself. The top and ends are panelled out with a squared dark and light wood inlay enclosed in light stringing. The caring handles are original except for one back plate and two fixing snipes. The front is completely covered in parquetry using predominately light and dark woods. There are two inlaid pediments, below which are inlaid arched panels supported by columns and moulded capitals, all enclosed with a bead and spindle inlay. The centre panels are inlaid with towers depicting the central tower of the nonsuch palace, the whole enclosed with elaborate borders of checker work. The base of the chest is finished with a bead and go shaped Oak mold. A plinth has been made probably in the 18th century on which the chest now sits. It can easily be removed. The tinned hinges are original as we believe is the lock although it has been altered. Percy Macquoid in his book, A History Of English Furniture, States {on opening the lid the original tinned hinges can be seen}. Page 127.
For similar chests see page 42-43 , Plates 47-48 in Early English Furniture, By Cescinsky and Gribble,
due to striking similarities in these chests it is highly likely they were made in the same workshop. Most likely by immigrant  German workers who settled in southwork , London.

The Palace of nonsuch, at Cheam in Surry was built by Henry V111 and was regarded as one of the wonders of England. Built from the designs the Italian painter and architect Toto del Nunziata who lived over twenty years in England. in 1555 the Earl of Anundel purchased the palace, then in 1591 sold it to Queen Elizabeth, who it is said when in residence- was excellently disposed to hunting, for every second day she is on horseback and continues the sport long. Nonesuch remained in the possession of royalty until 1670 when Charles 11 presented it to his mistress Barbra Palmer who then proceeded to have the place demolished ,selling off the materials. A water colour painting by Joris Hoefnagle dated 1582 shows the three towers with onion shaped cupolas such are represented in the panels of nonsuch chests. This is some evidence to suggest the English origins of these chests. There is also an engraving from [Paul Hentzners travels] which is probably the one which enspired Furniture makers of the time. The towers in this chest are of the central tower of the Palace.

Price £12000

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Small Paneled Oak Coffer

Lovely 17th Century Oak Coffer of small proportions
retaining a rich warm colour. Hinges replaced.

38″ wide
19″ deep
23″ high


Price £ SOLD



Oak Coffer

A very rare 17th century Oak Coffer. The profusely carved nine panel construction is very pleasing on the eye. The piece works very well proportionally with its deeply molded rails and recessed panels.
The Coffer is a lovely rich warm colour. Hinges replaced in keeping with the period.

48″ long
19″ deep
28″ high

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Westmorland Mule Kist

Excellent example of a Westmorland coffer, made in english Oak.
Dated 1707 and initialed R A, note the stylized carving of the number one typical of lake-land carving of this early period. The interlaced panels of Celtic origin are detailed and well executed. As is so often the case with westmorland furniture each of the panels depict a different patten. It is also worth noting the fine punch work on this piece that forms the background to the carving. The colour and condition of the coffer is wonderful. Retaining its original butterfly hinges although one has been repaired at some stage. The construction of the coffer is very good using a strong section of timber, even the back has been nicely paneled out.

32″ wide
19″ deep
30″ high

Price £1950 SOLD

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Small 17th Century Oak Coffer

A very honest 17th Century oak coffer of good proportions having golden honey colour and rich patina in lovely original condition, retaining its original ring hinges and escutcheon. Note the nicely scratch molded stiles and fielded panels that are pleasing to the eye.


46″ long

21″ deep

28″ high

Price £ 900

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17th century Oak coffer

A really charming 17th century Oak coffer in lovely original condition, retaining the original ring hinges. It has the relatively rare feature of having carved ends that really add to the look of the piece. The coffer has developed a good colour throughout and is exceptionally clean inside.


51″ long

21″ wide

28″ tall

Price £1200 SOLD


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17th Century Devon Coffer

An excellent example of an English 17th Century Oak Coffer.
With a superbly carved front. Retaining a wonderful rich glowing colour and patina.
The carving is deep and bold and has obviously been done by a highly skilled craftsman of the period. The Figure of five guilloche
carved panels are thought to be typical of furniture from Devon.
The top is of panel construction also.
The coffer is completely original apart from the lock plate.


Price £1950 Sold

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Small Plank Kist

Really lovely 17th century small oak plank coffer of superb colour and condition with very nicely shaped ends. The proportions of this piece work very well and the interior features the original candle box as you can see from the photo. a very smart kist of solid construction.
32″ wide
12″ and a half deep
19″ high

Price £1850

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Coffer With Applied Lozenge

17th century oak coffer  of nice proportions, panel construction with applied lozenge and arcaded carved top rail.

44″ and a half wide
15″ deep
24″ and a half high

Price £950

Circa 1680

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Halifax Coffer

17th Century oak coffer of good colour and patina retaining the original ring hinges. The panels decorated with excellently carved lozenges. This is a Yorkshire coffer originating from the Halifax area. A lovely example in good original condition.
54″ wide
22″ and a half deep
28″ tall

Price £1250 SOLD

Circa 1690Full kist