A rare miniature fruitwood inverted break center chest of drawers with checkered string inlay. Unusual central locking mechanism, German circa 1780. Miniature furniture such as this chest would have originally been used as traveling salesman’s sample. These samples are/were identical to the full-sized pieces made back at the cabinet makers workshops. A chest such as this would have been featured on a traveling salesman cart as they visited from home to home showing the latest styles.
height: 7 in. 18 cm., width: 11 in. 28 cm., depth: 5.5 in. 14 cm.