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Chest, English, unknown maker, early nineteenth century
Mahogany with brass fittings
Museum number: XF105
With brass-lined keyhole at centre front; substantial brass bail handles on each side with decorative shaped back-plates; the lid with rounded edges. Perhaps a log box. The decorative back plates and heavy-duty brass bail handles are in the same style as other smaller versions on furniture around the house, for example XF247, a smart writing box. They may all have been made for Soane perhaps by James Mackell, who regularly manufactured locks and other ironmongery for Soane’s bookcases, or by J. and E. Cutler, who regularly carried out smith’s work for him.
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