I recently came across this chest on stand at an antique tobacco barn in Asheville, NC.


A chest on stand. It is a chest sitting upon a stand, hence the name.

It is an odd form, relatively short, but I have seen other examples. A very plain stand with a simple cabriole leg and pad foot:


Not much to see here.


Old and fancy enough to have dovetailed drawers.


An interior view shows the relatively unsophisticated construction, wood species and a drawer stop.


Odd that the back boards, if original, were never trimmed.

I looked at the top to see if perhaps it had been a chest on chest on stand. Not likely that it was a lower chest in that the two drawer over three drawer is not a configuration seen in lower chests. It is a fairly common configuration for the upper chest but it is too big for an upper chest.


Similar upper chest in this chest on chest on plinth.

It might not be the original base.


It might have had a fancier base in the past.

As I said, I looked at the top to see if there was any evidence of a previous life. What I saw was a little unusual. No evidence of and upper layer but some indication the builder liked to do more work than necessary:


No indication of an upper chest.

But the case was joined with half blind dovetails:


Nice work but a bit over done.

In case work like this chest one would only expect to see half blind dovetails where one needs to conceal joinery like in the picture of the desk at the top of this blog page. In this chest, the joinery in hidden behind heavy crown molding:

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A nice, heavy crown molding.


Another view of the joinery and molding.

There’s nothing wrong with what they did, it’s just unusual to see somebody doing more work than necessary. The through dovetail would have been easier, fast and stronger.