I was very happy to find this vintage plan chest for a slightly early birthday present on ebay. It is made by a company called Sellex and I was keen to find out a bit more about them but an internet search proved fruitless. The only Sellex I can find is a Spanish furniture company, founded in 1977, that makes rather nice modern furniture. I am pretty sure my plan chest predates them… its made of solid oak (top, drawer fronts and main structure) and oak veneer (panels) and ply (drawer bottoms, back panel). Interestingly, ply was invented in the 1850s and was used in modern furniture production from the 1920s onwards. My plan chest still has its original brass cup handles and label holders.
I bought it from a retired geologist who used it to store geological charts and maps. After a thorough cleaning and waxing, I am using it to store printmaking papers and some bits of ephemera and maps.
It has bought some well needed order to my studio!
Definitely a contender for a best birthday present ever!