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High chest of drawers


Object number

RIF1327

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

223.52 x 99.695 x 54.61 cm (88 x 39 1/4 x 21 1/2 in.)

Date

1755–1775

Current location

Historic Deerfield, Inc.

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (drawer linings, back of lower case, backings of drawer dividers, most drawer guides and supports of lower case, and all secondary wood of upper case except spring locks and pediment roof); chestnut (outer supports for outside bottom drawers of lower case, interior guides for small drawers of lower case, and backings of vertical dividers of lower case); yellow poplar (roof of pediment); maple (spring locks of upper drawers of upper case)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“A” through “D,” in graphite, on interior back of drawers of lower case [from upper drawer to proper-left lower drawer]; “Back,” in graphite, on interior backboard of lower case; “A,” in graphite, on upper surface of front rail of lower case; “B,” on top surface of divider under upper drawer of lower case; “A” through “E,” in graphite, on interior backs of drawers of upper case [from proper-right upper drawer to lower drawer]; “A,” in graphite, on top surface of divider under upper drawers of upper case; “B” through “C,” in graphite, on top surfaces of dividers under upper two long drawers of upper case; “Bottom,” in graphite, on interior bottom of upper case

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

The Silvermine Tavern, Norwalk, Connecticut; sold to Henry N. Flynt (1893–1970), Deerfield, Massachusetts, 1947; given to Historic Deerfield, Inc., Massachusetts, 1955

Associated names

The Silvermine Tavern
Henry N. Flynt

Bibliography

Albert Sack, Fine Points of Furniture: Early American (New York: Crown Publishers, 1950), 182, ill.
Dean A. Fales, Jr., The Furniture of Historic Deerfield (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1976), 212, fig. 436.
Albert Sack, The New Fine Points of Furniture: Early American (New York: Crown Publishers, 1993), 193, ill.
Jeffrey P. Greene, American Furniture of the 18th Century: History, Technique, Structure (Newtown, Conn: The Taunton Press, 1996), 235–237, ill.