The panelled sides and drawer front are decoratively cockbeaded with mahogany.
Called mule chests because they are a cross between a chest of drawers and a blanket chest.
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Blanket chests were traditionally sited on the upstairs landing so any member of the household, perhaps awakening in the night, could have access to them without disturbing others. Candles were stored inside in a small separate compartment, so that they too were easily accessible.