An Actual Dutch Dutch Tool Chest

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.

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12 Responses to An Actual Dutch Dutch Tool Chest

  1. Blzeebub says:

    That’s so cool 😎

  2. nrhiller says:

    That thing is GORGEOUS! And a new one can be made to look old(er) by judicious application of finishes, lettering, etc., even if it will lack the history of this one.

  3. Kyle Barton says:

    It would be very cool to spend some time with this DTC. I want t know more about the tool rack, how tall it is, it seems to have casters, etc.

  4. johncashman73 says:

    You probably cost the winning bidder a thousand bucks. Shoulda asked for a commission.

  5. flyandgrain says:

    It looks like he nailed the top shut at one time. I wonder if that was for the voyage over or something else.

  6. nbreidinger says:

    I’ve been looking at the top on mine as a blank canvas…There are some ideas here.

  7. If anyone is interested in painting their chest that color I would suggest go to a Diamond Vogel paint store asking for flat Windmill Green. It was developed by the factory to be as close as possible to that specific green of Holland.

  8. Do you know where this tool cheat ended up?
    The original owner was Marinus Steenland, a Dutch immigrant who settled in Passaic, New Jersey. His granddaughter is a close friend of mine. I have done her genealogy and came across this during my research.
    Any leads would be appreciated!
    Thank you!

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