Vintage 1920s Enox 7 Drawer Engineers Wood Cabinet Toolmakers box Chest RARE EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION. Here is a lovely old box. The outside dimensions are weight approx 6.2 kgs height 13" 33 cms, width 18 1/2 ", 4/6 cms depth 8 1/2, 21 cms. I like to go over these boxes in some detail and list everything I find. The frame is constructed of 1/2 wood, which I believe is Oak fixed with dovetail joints.
The frame is very firm with no evidence of any damage or repair. The top of the box is constructed of four outer pieces with a central oval piece. The handle is leather and NOT split. There is one missing corner piece measuring 1" x 3/8" x 1/4. This does enable you to see that the side rails are solid wood pieces.
An unusual feature of this box is that the sides rear and base are all constructed in the bread board style that you normally see on front panels only. There are four outer rails with a central infill. There are four brass feet on the base. The four corners of the box all have a radius finish. The drawer runners appear original, all in place and firm.
The Enox Motif is present on the front of the box. All corner protectors are in place. The front panel is constructed in the same way as the sides of the box. It had it's original Enox lock and key. The panel is a good fit.
The bottom lip that goes into the frame recess is undamaged. The top compartment has a separate key with internal corner strengthening pieces and outer and cross internal strengthening batons.It's original brass hinged support is present and operates correctly. The depth of the compartment is 2" plus the 1" depth of the lid.
There are five small drawers of width 7 1/2" depth 5 1/4", four have a height of 7/8", the larger drawer has a height of 2". The larger drawers have an inside width 16 1/2" 32 cms, depth 6 1/4" and heights 1 1/2 and 2. The front rails are all wood 1/2" thick with the side rails 3/8" thick. They are secured by glued rebated joints.
All knobs are correct and present. The felts in all the drawers are present and in surprisingly good condition.
I think they are the original felts as there is little gaping in the larger drawers and there is no sign of old glue or felt. The first long drawer has a very small crack running along the rear rail, however the condition of the drawers is remarkable in my opinion.
The small drawers all have side strengthening pieces on their undersides. There is a slight fall to the bottom drawer i the closed position on the right side when the front panel is not in the base position.
This is a lovely box and the first Oak Enox boxes I have seen. I know Enox are known for their metal tool chests.The wonderful thing about this box is that it comes with it's original hand written invoice from J. The date is not legible but the invoice is the 1920's. The owners name Mr J Edgeley is on the front of the box. There are numerous documents in this gentleman's name through the war period. My interest in these boxes started when I inherited my father in laws toolmakers box. Since that time I have handled about 30 boxes of various manufacturers makes and cabinet maker made boxes, and have gained a little insight into manufacturing methods and common faults. With specialist knowledge in this field and welcome any information they may have. This must have been a labour intensive box to build with all the separate parts for all aspects of the frame. It is wood throughout with lovely grain visible throughout. The drawers have pencil marks on the rear rail, A B and C and I have found that the drawers need to go back in the correct order.
In summary then, I believe the only very slight faults with this box are the small crack on the rear rail of a large drawer and the small missing piece from the corner at the rear. I think that it is remarkable for a box to have been used in engineering for such a length of time and be in such a clean and undamaged condition. The finish is good enough to be used in the house in my view. Any queries please contact me.
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