My favorite antique piece
This blanket chest is another hand-me-down from my MIL. She thinks it is Italian from the 1600's. She acquired it from a house they bought on the east end of Long Island.
It is made from huge slabs of wood, and everything is hand carved. The back is one long piece of raw unfinished wood. The carvings of dragons, the family crest in the center, and the cherubs on each end are gorgeous. I think the hinges have been replaced, because you can see the outline of the old long narrow hinge straps. It is full of wormholes and the feet and bottom trim are pretty battered.
I have tried to research the family crest with no luck. It has a cross on the right side, and three crescent moons on the left side.
I would love to learn more about this piece!!! I am a terrible photographer, but here are some pics (please note the decorative Matchbox car underneath the chest. Oops):