Just…wow. On the block at the Martin J. Donnelly Nashua spring auction is an actual Dutch tool chest – complete with carpenter’s tools, brought to the U.S. from Holland by Marinus Steenland. According to Jim Tolpin in “The Toolbox Book,” Steenland emigrated in the late 1800s, but the chest is “thought to have been built several generations earlier.”
The estimate is from $2,500-$5,000.
p.s. You can build your own Dutch tool chest for a bit less with me in Port Townsend, Wash., in June…though I admit it might take a few decades to look quite as cool.
p.p.s. Thanks to John Cashman for the auction link.