|Norfolk blanket chest 1890s, red paint|
|An old school trunk converted with casters and 2 handles, a tab to lift the lid and a chain inside to hold it.||nsformation|
WHERE TO KEEP THE EXTRA BLANKET, THE SPECIAL VISITORS' SHEETS AND PILLOW CASES - WHERE TO PUT THE GAMES CLOTHES, THE SKI GEAR, THE TENNIS STUFF? An extra trunk or blanket chest is so useful at the bottom of the bed for surplus belongings - but ottomans are expensive to buy and not always covered in nice fabric - have a look at mine which sits in the bathroom, a handy seat for taking off shoes and stockings and it holds lots of spare bath towels. I don't think you would know that it was originally a solid school trunk which I brought down from the attic and gave to my clever upholsterer with a French ticking and a couple of drawer handles. She padded it well, lined it with some Toile de Jouy wallpaper remnants, close -covered it with brass tacks and gave it four little sliding casters. I have just got another from her which was probably no more than a plain wooden lidded box and that will sit at the end of my spare room bed with that extra blanket one sometimes needs in the middle of the night in a strange house! These boxes often turn up amongst the 'chattels' of house clearance sale rooms and of course can also be painted as Sailors Chests if you have artistic talents.