Rare, baroque era Austrian pine schrank with original hand-forged hardware. This 18th century case offers hand cut square nails, an impressive 5 board back and single board sides. Beautiful details abound within this showstopping schrank including its exquisite fully restored base. The perfect spot for stowing extra clothes in an older home with too small closets, keeping that ridiculous television from sitting in plain view or resurrected into an awesome computer station, bar or ??? This schrank has more character, charm and personality than you would ever expect. Few and far between, this breathtaking antique is phenomenal in every way!! A common practice in the 18 century, was to base an armoire or wardrobes (schrank) size on the eight small men method. A good sized double wardrobe would thus be able to hold within its capacity, eight small men.
A bit humorous nowadays but, twas the rule of thumb more than two centuries ago. In the United States, the wardrobe in its movable form as an oak "hanging cupboard" dates back to the early 17th century. At that time it was an early export product from America to England, because English woodlands were over-harvested or reserved for the navy. Consequently, the item was sometimes referred to as an Oakley. For almost a hundred years, such pieces, massive and cumbrous in form, but often with well-carved fronts, were produced in moderate numbers; then the gradual diminution in the use of oak for cabinet-making produced a change of fashion in favor of the more plentiful American walnut. During a large portion of the 18th century however, the tallboy was most often used for storing clothes in America.