The sea chests that I produce are authentic maritime reproductions, evolving after extensive research in the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The meticulous detail on the chest assures the owner that time and quality have gone into building the chest before the carving takes place. These sea chests are not painted boxes or mass produced overseas and sold as authentic sea chests. They are individually hand made and hand carved here in my studio on Martha's Vineyard.
The Sea chest is done in Mahogany, 20" wide at the bottom 13.5" on top x 16" high x 36" long, having dovetailed corner joints. The front of the chest has a handcarved design of the Republic of Texas Sloop of War Independence -1836-1/2 " - 3/4" in height. The top of the chest has a handcarved script RICHARD W. DANIEL CAPTAIN U.S. NAVY and the bottom of the chest will be trimmed with 7/8 Mahogany. The inside of the lid has a carving of a along with MPSRON THREE Broad Pennant and a MPSRON ONE Broad Pennant. The Sea Chest is signed by the artist. The Republic of Texas Sloop of War Independence has a deep relief cut with more detail and a 3 D appearance and is 8" in height. 2 brass rods are installed inside the chest - 6" (depending upon the thickness of the shadow box) of the sea chest, the brass rods are set into the Mahogany so they can be lifted out and replaced when needed.
The Becket's are made by Francesca Uranker will clear the lid just enough to spare the knuckles. The handles on sea chests are secured through the holes in the cleats. THESE ARE DECORATIVE HANDLES AND ARE NOT FOR LIFTING OR CARRYING THE CHEST.
Dimensions: 7/8" x 20" x 18" x 36"