A Victorian shipwright's tool chest- ebonised with fitted interior

An exceptional Victorian (or earlier) shipswright’s tool chest. This chest is beautifully made by a craftsman and is stunning to look at, both the exterior and fitted interior!

Ebonised finish with traces of many layers of previous finishes beneath.

Extremely solid, heavyweight cast iron handles. Overall the chest is extremely heavy being made of solid wood.

Raised on wooden planks.

No key but the mechanism is present.

The interior has two large cavity spaces, above which there are 3 dovetailed compartments which slide on a three tier mount: first a lidded box with brass fittings which is divided in two internally, then an open unit again divided in two, and finally a single compartment open unit.

Just the most wonderfully crafted piece which is a joy to behold.


All approximate

Length 100cm

Depth 60cm

Height 59cm


Condition: Where there are specific points to note we will detail these as far as possible but please be aware that all our items have wear commensurate with age and are as seen in the photographs. If you require any specific information please do not hesitate to get in contact. Please note: the spaces have been used for working tools and so cleaning and or lining/finishing will be needed if you intend to repurpose this piece. One large cast iron lid hinge has broken where it attaches to the base but it does not effect the function (final image).


Collection only

Please note: This item cannot be shipped but we have an excellent and competitive bespoke courier service. Please email us for more information or a quote. If you wish to collect in person, or to use our courier service, please select "Pick up" at checkout. 

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