Each of these chests began as a large four or five drawer chest made about 1830-1860 in the Georgian taste known in England as Sheraton Revival.
Each of these chests was originally about 36-42 inches wide by 36-42 inches high!
Each of these chests is now about 30 inches by 30 inches!
This was accomplished by “chop Shops” throughout England spending dozens of hours on each chest completely taking it apart, cutting it down and putting it back together.
Sometimes the craftsmen were true artisans–sometimes hacks–but the result was the same: a large unpopular size chest reduced to a highly valued small chest.
You can spot them every time–there is no such thing as a three drawer Georgian chest or American chest in the Georgian style. I have examined hundreds of these over the years and EVERY one of them eventually revealed the signs that it had been cut down. Inevitably disturbed oxidation, sharper than expected edges, signs of modern saws used to make cuts–these factors reveal the truth.
These chests are not without decorative or utilitarian value–but they have no collectible value. Buy them only if they are priced at about 1/3 of the large chest from which they are made and no more than 10% of the value of an authentic bachelor’s chest (what these little chests are so often called).