The Antique Chifferobe: From Ship To Shore

Good morning,

I want to share some pictures of an antique piece we picked up last week in Washington.  I had been eyeing it for quite some time and finally got the opportunity to pick it up and bring it back to Oregon.

Antique Chifferobe At Turnstyle Vogue

It is a Chifferobe.

A Chifferobe is a combination of a wardrobe (the American external closet for hanging clothes) and a  Chiffonier (the French version of a tall chest of drawers.)

This particular piece is an Empire design from the mid to late 1800’s.  For part of its lifetime, it was stationed on a ship and used by the captain for his belongings. 

Antique Chifferobe At Turnstyle Vogue (3)

You can see the Empire design with the curved drawers, corner and frame.

And how about those corner caps?!!

Too cool.

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It still has the original wheels and keys to the locking drawers.

Antique Chifferobe At Turnstyle Vogue (4)

It is made from tiger oak and in spectacular condition considering how old it is.

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I had to take these pictures around many obstacles so I hope I was able to do it justice with the angles I managed to get.

Antique Chifferobe At Turnstyle Vogue (9)

It is very substantive in size.  Bulky.  Thick.  Large.  Almost 7 feet tall. 

And perfect!

Take a long look at it….

…very “Restoration Hardware” don’t ya think?

Be inspired,


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  1. That piece seriously makes my heart pound!!!
    Unbelievably gorgeous!!!
    Lucky you :)

  2. I Play Outside The Box says:

    Wow…what a gorgeous piece! Lucky you to have it!

  3. Glad that you made it back before it was snatched up. I have missed a few great pieces that way and it is a heartbreaker. Its nice that it has found a good home with someone who can truly appreciate it!

  4. Nice!

  5. it’s stunning!!! i love it’s stripped look- just gorgeous!

  6. What a stunning piece. Will you be painting this? Will you keep it or sell it?

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  7. Kathy Roloff says:

    Okaaay, I’ll take it off your hands, it will be a sacrifice!


  9. What a great piece, I love the detailing. Can’t wait to see what you do with it.


  10. My mind said OMG when I saw it…. I love it. I love it like it is. If you paint it I am sure I will love it too. Lots of chifferobe love going on here.


  11. Furniture Love here! I love how thick and substatial it is.
    So glad you shared it!

  12. Fabulous!

  13. You lucky girl! That is just gorgeous, and considering all that time at sea with salt air, I would say it looks amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  14. It’s BEAUTIFUL!! And — I didn’t realize you were in Oregon! You’ll have to email me and tell me where. I’m in the Willamette Valley! :-) I have been in Oregon almost my whole life and I love it.


  15. WOW!!!! I love this piece, I live in Washington, what store did you find that at?!? I would love to take a stroll through the store. Blessings to you!

  16. Great piece!

  17. I’m in love. It reminds me of old spaghetti westerns. I can see Clint Eastwood using the mirror.

  18. Daena Tougher says:

    I am seriously in love. I live in Medford and stalk Craigs List looking for empire furniture, no no avail. Yours is the 2nd Portland area empire piece I’ve seen on the linky parties this morning. I’m about to get in my car and drive to Portland!!!

  19. Love it Shari!!

  20. I love all the history that shows on the piece. so lovely! Thanks for sharing. Little Bit from

  21. If you get tired of it, let me know… is beautiful.


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