Instead of waiting for bachelor parties and dates to find your next suitor, you can simply get an antique cedar chest. These chests, which also go by the names of hope and dowry chests, once indicated young women's availability on the singles market. Beginning in the fifteenth century, adolescent girls received these large storage chests from mothers and grandmothers. They filled the large, empty containers with household items like blankets, sewing kits, and other items essential for married life. Whether single or happily married, you can use these chests for decorative or storage purposes for your treasured belongings. Hope chests are derived from materials like metal, iron, and wood and feature elaborate designs of carvings, paintings, and sulfur inlays. Large chests, like antique cedar blanket chests, leave plenty of room for packing blankets and winter clothing. Carved designs like flowers and birds date back to the Hadley chests from Massachusetts of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Beautiful roses and horses appear as paintings on antique wooden chests from Germany and Scandinavia. Sulfur inlay, a rare technique, engraves images on chests from German immigrants in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. You can explore the vast inventory of antique cedar chests on eBay and find one from your favorite company, like antique Lane cedar chests that add a touch of beauty to any home.
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