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Vintage 1950s Military Solid Oak Chest of Drawers

At almost 70 years old, this ex-military vintage chest of drawers must have seen some action! Originally commissioned for bases and barracks, it’s utilitarian in design, unfussy and no-nonsense, but it retains considerable of old-fashioned charm and of course, provides masses of storage for the bedroom. As you might expect with furniture of this nature, it’s extremely well-made in solid oak throughout with faultless dovetail joints on the drawers. We’ve left the heavy-shine varnished finish as it was / as it is as it’s in such good order and has provided a lifetime’s protection, but the beauty of solid wood is that you can opt to strip this and refinish it with something more contemporary if you like. The handles are a little chipped with use but otherwise this is a cracking, vintage piece with an interesting past.

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SKU: W376


This is an original, vintage piece that is ‘sold as seen’. It is in very good, used condition. It has been thoroughly cleaned and a natural beeswax polish applied but otherwise the original varnished finish has been left well alone as it’s in such good order. All five drawers slide with ease and have clean, tidy interiors. They are constructed in solid oak (they’re heavy!) and feature dovetail joints. Three out of four drawers are lined with white vinyl which has been glued into place. There are some light marks and scuffs to the external surfaces as you might expect with a piece of furniture that’s 70 years old. The hardy varnish has protected it well though. We actually don’t mind the shiny finish – it rather adds to its old-fashioned charm in our view – but you could opt to strip this away to bring it up to date with a more natural, low-sheen finish. The benefit of solid wood is that you have the option to do this. As you can see from our photos, the handles carry some knocks and heavy dents but again this is in line with its age and use. Originally a mirror would have been attached to the top hence the small recesses shown at the back of the piece. There is no maker’s mark as such, although it’s stamped with KAZ 16662 on the back, confirming its an ex-military piece, originally supplied in homes on British bases / barracks. Please do browse our photos to get an accurate sense of the condition and finish.

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H: 94.5cm /  W: 91.5cm / D:  50cm