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From: Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye, New England Furniture: The Colonial Era (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1984), 127
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Chest with drawers


Object number

RIF842

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Overall: 107.95 x 94.139 x 42.863cm (42 1/2 x 37 1/16 x 16 7/8in.)

Date

1735–1755

Current location

Historic New England (www.historicnewengland.com), formerly Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities

Geography

Made in Rhode Island, or made in Southeastern Massachusetts
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

White pine (primary and secondary)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

The Morton Estate, on the border of Pembroke, and Hanson, Massachusetts; consigned to auction in Marshfield, Massachusetts; sold to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England), Boston, 1958

Associated names

Morton estate

Construction

The chest bottom fits into grooves in the sides and is fastened by forged nails that go through the base molding, through the sides, and into the bottom. The bottom and a narrow rail inside the case behind the front base molding are both notched to receive the front elements of the feet. The cornice molding is nailed to the front and sides of the top and mitered at the corners. The base molding is of the same configuration and is similarly secured and cornered. An applied double-arched molding borders the two simulated drawers and forms the "divider" between them. The double-arched bead on the drawer divider is not applied. The drawers are joined with side but even dovetails. Original L-shaped nails reinforce most of the dovetails. Each bottom is nailed to the rabbeted edge of the drawer front and to the flush edges of the side and back. There never was a till. Source: Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye, New England Furniture: The Colonial Era (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984), 127.

Bibliography

Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye, New England Furniture: The Colonial Era (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984), 126-127, no. 9, ill.