Along with the trousseau, the clothes and linen given to a bride for her wedding, the wardrobe was part of the dowry she inherited. The dowry, often negotiated, was of great importance until the end of the 19th century as it revealed the bride’s social status. Her father’s work was often depicted by images carved onto medallions on the doors of the wardrobe. Canons and drums clearly indicate that the wardrobe belonged to a military family.
It is more common to find tools representing the work of a farmer, joiner or other craftsman such as an instrument maker or musician, as shown in the second detail.