Seller: rodulphusuk (818) 100%, Location: ALTON HAMPSHIRE, Ships to: GB, Item: 311736819935 Condition: Very good condition for the age, Product Type: Wardrobes/ Armoires, Original/Reproduction: Original, Style: walnut and Chestnut, Age: Pre-1800, Material: Walnut and Chestnut, Details: Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE An unusual opportunity to buy a rare example of folk furniture. This fine carved armoire of basically 18th century origin was converted from a "closed bed" in the late 18th or early 19th. century to a useful and decorative piece . Which could now be used for almost any storage use. Note the side access doors ! The box-bed (or closed bed,) is an enclosed bed that looks like a cupboard , sometimes open but mostly with a single or double sliding doors The form originates in Western Europe from late medieval times. The box-bed is closed on all sides by panels of wood, or set into a wall of the dwelling One enters it by removing curtains, opening a hinged or sliding door or doors on the front. These were used until the 19th or very early 20th century. In early times and until the 19th century they were a safe place to sleep out of reach of the pigs and fowl which often also lived in the largely single room cottages and even doubled up as somewhere to leave small children safe from wolves when the parents went out to work in the fields! From the late 18th and 19th century many were converted as this one was into fine armoires or bookcases. SIZE Width 73" Height 68 " Depth 20" WE HAVE BEEN WHOLESALE DEALERS FOR OVER 50 YEARS AND ARE HAPPY TO GIVE AN INSURANCE REPLACEMENT CERTIFICATE FOR THIS LOVLEY PIECE FOR 2800 POUNDS STERLING. Delivery free to our carriers Silver Sprint in Alton Hampshire 01420587451 where you can collect or they will deliver to you for an idea of delivery costs. THIS ITEM 75 POUNDS PLUS VAT EXCLUDING SCOTLAND , IRELAND FOR THESE RING FOR A QUOTE second or subsequent items same address 25 pounds each TERMS Payment within three days of end of auction. Delivery within 28 days Return items accepted if not described We endeavor to be accurate in our descriptions however we obviously cannot detail everything in the space available we will always say if there is any substantial restoration or damage . Sizes are always in inches to the highest and widest points. We will also note woodworm if in our opinion it has affected the structure of the item. Please do not hesitate to email with any questions you may have. email@example.com Please also remember that antique and vintage furniture will show wear including small dinks and bumps and often some old worm holes which are part of the charm and character of the piece and convey a sense of age and permanence in our “throw away society” (Many modern copies have imitation worm holes put in furniture to mirror the antique!) All out furniture comes directly from private homes ,we do not restore, clean or polish in any way other than treat in case of woodworm. This is part of the reason why we are in most cases able to sell without or with low reserves. Antique and Vintage furniture also represents a good investment unlike modern factory built furniture which loses most of its value within a year or two. Antique and Vintage furniture will most often hold its value and increase over the years which enables the buyer to change their décor whenever they want or move home without the normal enormous losses involved in selling second hand furniture or indeed buy and sell just to make a profit ! GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BIDDING ! Rodulphus UK.