http://www.antique-chinese-furniture.com/blog/2010/10/23/chinese-furniture-in-bw-historical-perspectives-from-old-china/ and that linked to this, with two other examples: http://www.antique-chinese-furniture.com/blog/2010/10/17/what-is-it-a-chinese-wooden-barbers-stool-from-days-past/
This came from a gardening catalog a few years ago, but I can't remember which one. Mine's not as strong as that barber's stool and only has one compartment, but they both have a little handle cut in the top.
"This antique stool dates back to the early 1900s. It belonged to a barber and would have been carried to work suspended from a Bamboo pole. The small drawers and secret compartment contained the tools of his trade. His customer would have sat on the stool to have his hair cut, ponytail oiled of face shaven and then they paid through the slot on the top. It now serves as a beautiful ornate piece of storage for your home.
Base L=41cm W=28cm
Top L=51cm W=11.5cm