When I grew up, girls had "hope chests." No, it had nothing to do with cosmetic surgery....that's a whole different story. They were wooden boxes or trunks (usually cedar-lined) that held items to be used when you got married, or "went off into the world" on your own. These are two beautiful examples of antique hope chests, or blanket chests. Yes, they were already sold. Both are Dutch inspired. They make great coffee tables as well as toy chests when retro-fitted with safety hinges.
Did anyone else have a hope chest? The Netherlands is also famous for their cheese (among many other things). I'm a big smoked Gouda fan. The open-faced sandwich is made of two fried eggs; bacon beneath and melted Gouda cheese on top! I'm posting out of town, so I'll be checking comments only once. Thanks for your patience! *smile*