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Treasure Chests: The Legacy of Extraordinary Boxes Hardcover – October 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561583626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561583621
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.8 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,447,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Wooden chests have served many purposes throughout the centuries; they've held tools, the possessions of sailors, and the future housewares of brides often their owner's most precious things. Schleining's survey is part history and part picture book, with a multitude of colorful photographs supplementing the text. Nearly every chest is accompanied by a fascinating story; some of the chests have been in the same family for generations. Of particular interest is a section of unusual chests, including a "corpse preserver" (with an ice compartment) that was once used by undertakers. This interesting book is best suited for comprehensive public library collections.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Beautifully photographed with lots of background information, this book is itself a treasure."

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A lovely book. The title may mislead - it's really what I would think of as large-scale boxes, carcass work. Old and new designs, from blanket chests to campaign chests. Usually enough photos of each piece to give a real sense of it, too. (I hate feeling like I've missed seeing 2/3 of what's there.)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David C. Brayton VINE VOICE on August 7, 2006
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I really enjoy this book. I am a woodworker / furniture maker and I read a lot of this style of book. The author does a fantastic job of illustrating each box and providing a bit of background on each box. The photos are all in color and very well composed.

The boxes range from a tea box recovered from the harbor at the Boston Tea Party to HO Studley's over-the-top tool chest to a standard GI foot locker.

The book is well-organized. There is little wood working technique described so if you are looking for a how-to book, this ain't the book for you. However, the author briefly describes uncommon techniques such as lapstrake construction (common in shipbuilding but almost unheard of in furniture making).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Cannon on October 5, 2002
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This book is truly enjoyable to read.
It is a beautiful "coffee table" book -- after all, who isn't intrigued by antique treasure chests and other historical boxes.
I really enjoyed the history behind the various boxes types, and learned a lot about the benefits of the different construction types.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elena Ayvazyan on May 29, 2007
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I ordered this book from Russia. Relying on the lack of such books in our country, it is really valuable material. I'm glad i have it now and strongly advise you to purchase one. Best wishes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie R. Voigt on October 13, 2011
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I loved looking at this book. It covered a lot of variety of types of chests and provided interesting historical and culture facts, as well as personal stories for specific chests. The pictures to text ratio is perfect. I wish there was a little more information on consrtuction--there was some useful information on types of construction for the wood itself, but I would have liked to see information on materials/woods used, latches, locks, handles, and strapping/corners. Still, I am very happy with my purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fine Boxes on May 25, 2011
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Good basic Box and Chest book excellent colour photos that can lead to inspiration so for that reason alone it's worth the price. Great for a beginner or someone looking for uncomplicated boxes or chests to build.
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