Origin of the Antique Armoire

Armoires were originally produced in medieval times to store armor (hence the  similar sounding name), but theseantique armoire lofty pieces can find a place in every room of the house.

Whether new or old, the armoire’s traditional role of adding storage space for clothing has expanded recently to holding everything from electronics to linens.

This big antique armoire is a fabulous example of  the craft of cabinetry in an antique wardrobe.  It features solid mahogany, shaped cornice above, carved panel door with single shelf, three dovetailed drawers to the right and a full length beveled mirror to the left.

The Difference Between Antique Armoires and Antique Wardrobes

Armoires are another piece of furniture that appears to be back in favor these days.  This particular example is in French burled Walnut with Walnut Veneers and was manufactured in the early 1900’s and still maintains it’s colossally elegant charm and versatility.

antique armoireOf course, you may be wondering what the difference is between an armoire and a wardrobe at this point.

Really, as it turns out, there isn’t all that much difference.

They both have doors and contain a rod for hanging clothing. An armoire made for bedroom use tends to be a little larger and perhaps a bit more ornate, while a wardrobe may possess a more streamlined look.

This difference in terminology seems to reflect the seller’s preference more than anything, as many dictionaries actually defines an armoire as a type of wardrobe.

Some English wardrobes designed for gentlemen contained a space for hanging clothing on one side and labeled, or “fitted,” compartments for accessories on the other side, all hidden behind sleek double doors.

These were also known as “compactums”; named for the company that produced them.

As with other large chests of drawers, this antique armoire adds lots of storage capacity: the antique armoire is prized for its decorative features as much as versatile functionality.