A good sized 19th century pine blanket chest. The principal external faces of this blanket chest are constructed from six wide cuts of timber - a good indicator of the age of the piece.
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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.