A little belated this, but as tool chests are "in", I sought permission from TTS to let the reader drool all over the pics of this tool chest. Well I had to suffer, so why not spread the agony around...?
Solid mahogany throughout. Solid mahogany. Oh, brother.
Luckily its already gone to enjoy a new life on the Scilly Isles, so we're all safe from temptation *dashes persp from brow in relief* And I don't care how practical it is or anything like that - just, aargh, that beading detail on the tills. J'adore. (The glazier's square is 24" long, btw; for scale)
Suggestion/deduction is it originates from a coach works at such a railway mecca as Swindon (if I recall correctly). Oral history doth speak of workers in the non-wood-related workshops slipping the artisans therein the necessary to make chests for them too. From the, um... "off cuts" and "scrap", one assumes. You've heard of the "black economy"? Was this the "mahogany economy"...