Antique Spool Chest

This spool chest has been in my life as far back as I can remember. My parents have always been antique collectors. There is no furniture in their home that is  not an antique with the exception of upholstered pieces. Even the upholstered pieces are antique designs. As a kid I sometimes felt like I lived in a museum, but it nurtured in me a deep appreciation of antiques. Mom and Dad gave me the spool chest a couple years ago,because it was always my favorite piece. The knobs are original and we have never been able to find replacements for the missing ones, that came even close. I have toyed with the idea of just replacing all of them ,but for some reason I can't bring myself to do it. Crazy, huh?

The sides have raised panels. Each with a different design. I'm not sure if they are copper,bronze, or what type of metal. I just know they are beautiful!

Photographing these I came up with an idea I am going to attempt tomorrow.
Which all of you will be the first to see, if  it turns out!
Any guesses?

Stay warm, Tami


sawn61 said...

I'll bet you're gonna take a pencil and sheet of paper, and place the paper over the pictures,then rub the pencil over the paper making a copy of the pictures on both sides and frame them near the cabinet.

Anonymous said...

I can see why you would cherish the cabinet

Anonymous said...

Mom I have your cell phone! So sorry....message me on facebook!


Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Are you going to make a grab button out of one of the panels??? Inquiring minds want to know!

Terry M Scott (AKA Terry Mann) said...

Beautiful piece, my parents also collected antiques. I'm with Sue, you're going to do a rubbing.

Erin said...

OOOOOOh! I love that, and the bird, swoon!

Katie @ OhhBaby said...

I love this! Great job! I am your newest follower! :)

Knitting Maniac said...

Tami,I SOOOO remember that chest!!!!!!

Katymaeflower said...

I have the exact spool chest but apparently someone refinished the drawers and removed the writing. Have you had it appraised? I wonder if they have any value, although I would never sell it since it's been in my family for as long as anyone still living can remember. Just thought you might be interested that another spool chest like yours is out there! Btw, I live in Houston, TX.