Massive 17th century Welsh oak grain chest
A wonderful and substantial Welsh oak grain chest. In excellent condition and made from solid oak with untouched colour & very heavy! Original wooden “Welsh-hinge” and scratch carving to the frame. A rare chest in remarkable condition.
57” wide x 35” high x 27” deep / 145cm wide x 89cm high x 68.5cm deep
South Wales 17th century
“…The exception, however, is an important one and is peculiar to Wales. This is a coffer, often of immense size, which was used as a tithe-chest (to store corn, etc charged as tithe), or more commonly as a grain bin to preserve grain or flour from the ravages of vermin” – From “Welsh Furniture” by L Twiston-Davies & H J Lloyd-Johnes, published University of Wales press 1950
A similar chest from is illustrated in Vol I of Welsh Furniture 1250-1950 by Richard Bebb, Saer Books 2007. The illustrated chest belonged to the Jenkins family from Gelli, Glyncorrwg, Glamorganshire.
See “Some plain oak farmhouse chests from South Wales” by Luke Millar. Published by The Regional Furniture Society Vol VI 1992 https://regionalfurnituresociety.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/some-plain-oak-farmhouse-chests-from-south-wales-luke-millar.pdf