Two local auctions houses are having their big fall sales today (Friday). It might surprise you to know that I managed to make it to previews for both of them.

As luck would have it, there were mule chests at both. Not quite the quality as the Catalan chests in my last blog but certainly better than the American example I showed.

The oldest is this late 18th century chest billed as an English Lancashire Mule Chest of Drawers:


Upper two rows of drawers aren’t.

The top really does open. There was too much stuff on top with too many people around to prove it to you. The lid breaks just ahead of the gallery.

Next is this early 19th century North Carolina Piedmont 2 Drawer Mule Chest:


The tall bracket feet where also seen on a few other case pieces in this auction.

From the same auction is this mid 19th century Mid Atlantic Painted Decorated Miniature Mule Chest:


Interesting piece.


All parts are present and useful. Paint could use a bit of refreshing,

And finally is this mid 19th century Tennessee Cherry Lift-Top Sugar Press:


It still qualifies as a mule chest in my book. Or blog,

And that’s all I have for now. More later as I sort it all out.