1860s Scotch Chest

Repairs and complete refurbishment of 1860s Scotch chest brought out from Scotland.

Straight out of the 1860s this gorgeous flame-mahogany veneered Scotch chest came with its beautiful colour from Scotland. Our client wanted it completely restored which meant Earthwood needed to repair broken feet and missing veneer, get the drawers working smoothly on their runners again, and replace the entire back of one drawer which busy little borers had obviously had for lunch.

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Earthwood stripped the entire chest and then french polished it to suit the era – not too overdone. We followed that with an application of fragrant beeswax to restore the feeling of the aged, well looked after antique that it is.
Old timers such as this beauty have genuine character. You’d be hard pressed to acquire veneer like this today. It is available but most uncommon. Now and then we see quality pieces like this come up for sale on TradeMe for surprisingly reasonable prices. Even in a damaged state they’re worth picking up and renovating because quality lasts, and besides quality, this level of craftmanship is worth preserving. There’ll be another 150 years in this piece now. Have a look around you and ask yourself how many of your modern pieces will withstand 150 years of use.

Heath Grant