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MULE CHEST or OAK CHEST, 1750-1800

Called a Mule chest, Joined chest and also in Ceredigion a 'Coffr Mawr' (Large Coffer). It combines the characteristics of both the lided chest and the chest of drawers. This oak chest has been decorated with raised and fielded panelling, ogee bracket feet and quarter pillasters - the latter two found commonly on long case clocks of the same period. As well as two outer drawers it has, inside the chest, a small suspended box with two drawers below, (copying the outer appearance of the chest itself). This box probably acted as a safe box for containing money or valuables since it was referred to as a 'till box'.