Over the top Eastlake Victorian Butler's Chest

F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,300
I just finished restoring this piece for a client. It required a complete disassembly, literally hundreds of parts, then the rebuild/replacement/reglue not to mention a lot cosmetic work. All in all, it was a bit of a nightmare and I'll be glad to not see it in my shop anymore.

The reason I am posting this is after all these years and all the Victorian furniture I've worked on this is without question the most over the top piece I have ever seen. So, I thought I'd share with you what at one time was the height of furniture fashion. The crazy thing about it, for all the craftsmanship you see on the outside the case construction was some of the worst I've ever seen.

Enjoy!

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  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 2,216
    Geez that is hideous, nice finish job though.


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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,296
    wow.
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,300
    Geez that is hideous, nice finish job though.

    Yeah....not my taste for sure.
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  • mrbigbluelightmrbigbluelight Posts: 7,277
    It takes some real skill to get wood to give that warm glow. Doesn't come from 4 coats of shellac and Lemon pledge.
    It wasn't given to you covered in paint was it ? If it was, double bravo.

    ..... make that triple bravo.

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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,300
    That's the original finish after a lot of cleaning, touch up, repairs, waxing and polishing. If it was covered in paint I wouldn't have touched it because I have two rules. I don't strip paint and I don't strip paint.
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  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 4,900
    Amazing! Good work...
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 8,115
    Not to shabby for splashing on a little old English...












    Kidding

    Kind of cool looking piece you just don't run across those everyday
  • westmassguywestmassguy Posts: 5,797
    Very nice conservation and repair, Jesse. A little too ornate for my taste, but still beautiful.
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  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 2,807
    Nice work. That’s an interesting piece of furniture. I don’t have any idea what one would use that drawer for.
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  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 12,227
    Daggum Jesse. That is Ut Bckin' Fugly. Did I mention that that was Ut Buckin' Fugly?

    Great job man...(I think)...

    Personally, I'd choose a bigger golf course.

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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,300
    Nice work. That’s an interesting piece of furniture. I don’t have any idea what one would use that drawer for.

    It's a butler's chest, that's the desk section. The entire piece can be locked up, the column on the right closes over the right side edge of the drawers and once locked prevents all the drawers from opening.
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  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 12,227
    What in the world does a BUTLER have to hide?

    Tom
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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 3,752
    Great job Jesse! Looks like that took some time. I hope you were well compensated and much appreciated by your client!
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  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 7,017
    Quite a bit of bling on that chest however the wood used is quite attractive. Jesse, beautiful restoration.
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  • warrenwarren Posts: 544
    Your a master craftsman.
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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 7,030
    I think it looks kind of cool. I wouldn't want it in my space, it's just too different from modern furniture to mix, but it's kinda neat.
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,458
    treitz3 wrote: »
    What in the world does a BUTLER have to hide?

    Tom

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  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 12,227
    In THAT thing?

    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 8,115
    treitz3 wrote: »
    What in the world does a BUTLER have to hide?

    Tom

    Poison silly
  • Moose68BashMoose68Bash Posts: 3,467
    edited December 4
    @F1nut,

    Beautifully done! Extraordinary craftsmanship on your part.

    I certainly understand your comments about the piece itself, as well as those of others. It seems to be a piece that belongs in a museum, especially after your restoration.

    One thing I don't understand is the the reason that anybody would build such a piece with a second-rate "foundation." For all its ornate charateristics, you would think it would have great underlying case work.

    Is it English? American? Other?

    One other question: Does it have a secret drawer or compartment? Many chests of that sort do, but I don't recall ever having seen a "butler's chest."

    Very well done!

    P.S.: You know, if it didn't have those "roses" on the top drawer, It would look a lot better!
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  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 12,227
    edited December 4
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    Good deal, I thought it was an arsenal of these....

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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,300
    treitz3 wrote: »
    What in the world does a BUTLER have to hide?

    Tom

    Butler's ran the house. Among their responsibilities were such things as keeping the household accounts, dishing out cash payments, keeping the silver locked up, etc.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,300
    @F1nut,

    Beautifully done! Extraordinary craftsmanship on your part.

    I certainly understand your comments about the piece itself, as well as those of others. It seems to be a piece that belongs in a museum, especially after your restoration.

    One thing I don't understand is the the reason that anybody would build such a piece with a second-rate "foundation." For all its ornate charateristics, you would think it would have great underlying case work.

    Is it English? American? Other?

    One other question: Does it have a secret drawer or compartment? Many chests of that sort do, but I don't recall ever having seen a "butler's chest."

    Very well done!

    P.S.: You know, if it didn't have those "roses" on the top drawer, It would look a lot better!

    I agree, this is one that belongs in a museum.

    I can only surmise they cut corners where it wouldn't be noticed be the end user.

    Definitely American.

    No secret compartments, none required as once the right post is locked none of the drawers can be opened.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 7,017
    F1nut wrote: »
    @F1nut,

    Beautifully done! Extraordinary craftsmanship on your part.

    I certainly understand your comments about the piece itself, as well as those of others. It seems to be a piece that belongs in a museum, especially after your restoration.

    One thing I don't understand is the the reason that anybody would build such a piece with a second-rate "foundation." For all its ornate charateristics, you would think it would have great underlying case work.

    Is it English? American? Other?

    One other question: Does it have a secret drawer or compartment? Many chests of that sort do, but I don't recall ever having seen a "butler's chest."

    Very well done!

    P.S.: You know, if it didn't have those "roses" on the top drawer, It would look a lot better!

    I agree, this is one that belongs in a museum.

    I can only surmise they cut corners where it wouldn't be noticed be the end user.

    Definitely American.

    No secret compartments, none required as once the right post is locked none of the drawers can be opened.

    Universal key...

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  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 12,227
    Wow. My butler could not hold 1/2000 of my music collection in that.

    Jesse, all kidding and rib rubbing aside? Fantastic job man! Rock it bro'!

    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,300
    edited December 4
    Yeah, we all know locks are to keep honest people out.

    Tom, thanks!
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  • MrBuhlMrBuhl Posts: 1,944
    Jesse you do great work, I bet it didn't look that good the day it was purchased!
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  • msgmsg Posts: 3,500
    I kept thinking toy soldiers were just moments from marching out onto the putting green.
  • SlapahoSlapaho Posts: 210
    Hope you charged what the job was really worth.
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