Tool chests like this are rarely found in such good condition, due to the harsh treatment they received on jobs with their owners. Not only is this chest in great condition, but it is still full of authentic, period tools. A great find and a great item for collectors or carpenters.



  • Fact 1: Specific types of carpenters can include finish, trim, and formwork carpenters, cabinetmakers, shipbuilders, framers, and luthiers, who make and repair stringed instruments.
  • Fact 2: The word "carpenter" is derived from the Latin "carpentrius," which means, "maker of a carriage."
  • Fact 3: Oak, walnut, cherry, and mahogany were popular woods for constructing tool chests in the 19th century.
  • Fact 4: Chests like this served as a place to store a carpenter's tools, but also as a showcase for the quality of their work to prospective clients.
  • Fact 5: Most carpenters during this era traveled from job to job, so very frequently these chests carried clothes and other personal effects in addition to tools.