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Hope Chests

Bring home a beautiful piece of history. Hope chests, which have been around for centuries, are a genuine link to our past. They were originally designed as a gift for young women who "hoped" to be married.

As a young woman came of age, the hope chest (also known as "glory box" or a "wedding chest") was given to provide a storage place for the items she would need in married life. These items could include linens, blankets, a special occasion dress, tablecloths and napkins, sometimes silverware and dishes, etc. Once she was married and had children of her own, many times she would pass on the hope chest to her eldest daughter.

Cedar chest, storage chest and a blanket chest

Over time, the hope chest tradition has mostly passed to the wayside. In the here & now, hope chests are also called cedar chests, storage chests or blanket chests. Today, they are a delight to own for their modern appeal, while still being steeped in history. A cedar chest is a perfect accent piece for the bedroom or any space in the home. Combining beauty with function, it's wonderful for your extra storage needs. It keeps the clutter of everyday life out of the way, until you need it.

Cedar-lined hope chests

Being lined with aromatic cedar, our hope chest is the perfect choice for storing blankets, clothing, linens, etc. Cedar wood is lightweight and is resistant to cracking & moisture rot. The oils of this resiliant wood guard against insect attacks, as it's distinctive aroma is a mild insect repellant.

Beautiful, sturdy and child safe

Our oak Master-piece Hope Chest has raised panel fronts to enhance it's beauty. Its back is stained & finished, so you can display it anywhere. Our hope chest's lid has 2 strong, toy box safety hinges, in conjunction with 5 metal hinges, to ensure this cedar chest is safe as well as functional. No locks are installed, to ensure your child's welfare. Also available in alder hardwood.

No assembly required

Your Furniture Traditions' hope chest ships to you fully assembled. There's no drilling, assembling, or looking for missing parts. When you take our cedar chest home, it will arrive looking exactly like the picture in our catalog.

An American Heirloom that will last for generations

For over two decades, we've been crafting our hope chest. We think we've gotten pretty good at it. As with all our furniture, your oak or alder Master-piece Hope Chest will be backed with our Heirloom Warranty... thus ensuring that you will have your own tradition to pass down.

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