Can I say I'm in love? This beauty hails from the 1940's, and is a wonderful replacement of the storage that I had in my room.
I have wanted a cedar hope chest for a long time. I have never had anywhere to put one though. But with my expanding sewing projects I have accumulated some plastic storage shelves and a three drawer organizer in front of my windows. Since I couldn't really imagine that I would be able to declutter enough to be able to get completely rid of extra storage, I decided I might as well have a cedar chest in front of my windows as not.
I don't know why, but recently I looked on Craigslist to see if there were any within a reasonable distance that I liked. I found one and was in communication with the owner, only I wasn't the only one, and an offer was made that wasn't mine. I had to keep looking, so I arranged to pick up a friend and have an afternoon to browse the local antique mall.
We had a marvelous time finding books and other such treasures. We had gone through pretty much the whole store (which I might add is two stories and then some) and had already spent several hours there when we found this one. I looked at it, and to be sure it was from the correct era, I tried to find the serial number but couldn't! So my friend Kiersten looked up on her phone where to find the serial number of a Lane cedar chest which happened to be on the bottom, so down on the floor I went!
Read the serial number backwards, and you have the date of manufacture.
I found the style of chest I wanted from the period I wanted at a reasonable price. I did not expect to do that on the first trip, but it just had to come home with me. Now it holds fabric that is just waiting to be made up into lovely garments.
I do wonder though about the history of this chest. Was it a gift from a serviceman to his sweetheart? Was it a gift from parent to daughter? Or was she investing in her own future?
Do you have a hope/cedar chest?
What is the vintage of your chest and was it a gift?
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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