Durrells inspired Industrial Coffee Table Storage Chest (SOLD)


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An original 20th century Tool Box / Trunk which I have up cycled into a 1977 London Docks Ltd / Trunk / Coffee Table – a very useful piece of industrial style furniture.
Every piece we make is a one-off, ages old, unique piece of furniture.
We believe in re-cycling and re-using rather than dumping in landfill and constantly buying new.
We hunt down the best mix of eclectic pieces we can find that can be reworked and re-loved again.
As each one is scrubbed and cleaned we assess the best way to put it back together to make it exciting and useful – before being repaired, hand painted, waxed and buffed within an inch of its life.
The result is a cross between warehouse style industrial furniture and advertising from the early 20th century – you do get the feeling that you’ve stumbled upon something from an old movie set.
Whilst every one is different they all share the same raw simplicity of design. None are perfect, they all carry dents, scratches and repairs picked up over a long lifetime – but these help give them their own unique characters. If you are after ‘new’, this isn’t for you.
But if you are after something unique, Made in Sevenoaks and pretty darn funky, then this has your name written all over it.
Talking of which if you do want your name written all over it, or perhaps you are after something in particular just get in touch and we will do our best to help. These would really lend themselves to retail display, props or wedding hire.
Details of this particular chest
The top has L DURRELL, THE WHITE HOUSE – KALAMI – CORFU painted on it
The front has DURRELL painted on.
There is a steel handle on either end
Size is approximately 63cm – 24. 3/4 inches high, 71cm – 28 inches wide and 37cm – 14  1/2 inches deep.
The chest has some nice dovetail features and it is finished with Clear and Dark Wax.
The inside is painted black. There is a brass chain stay too hold the lid open.
There is an old map of CORFU lining the inside of the lid as well as a picture of a FLAMINGO and a pic of ‘Spiro with a young Gerald’
There are several holes, dints, dents and scratches as you would expect from a piece this age. For the best description please see the pics.

There is a keyhole to the front but no key.

There are 4 steel hairpin legs painted black – the legs are 41cm or 16 inches tall

Please treat your piece carefully, like a fine piece of furniture – use coasters for cups and hot drinks, otherwise you are likely to mark the waxed surface.
*Please note – if we are posting this to you, we may unscrew the legs and place them inside the trunk for ease and safety of packaging.
The bolts and legs can easily be attached again using a cross head /phillips screwdriver.  
No overseas postage at the moment I’m afraid as the chest is heavy and bulky and the freight costs would be prohibitive
5000 g


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