Historically these chests were commissioned in the far east for the transport of linen and fabrics back to the UK.
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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.