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High chest of drawers


Object number

RIF4327

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

62 3/4 x 38 x 19 1/4 in. (159.385 x 96.52 x 48.895 cm)

Date

1750–1775

Current location

The Rhode Island Historical Society

Geography

Probably made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple (primary); chestnut and maple (secondary)

Inscriptions

"Repaired scraped & refinished Nov. 1889 / by F. Howard (Tow or Tyowal) / 7 Broad Street, Pawtucket, RI," inscribed, on underside

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Probably Frederick Sherman (1843–1907), Pawtucket, Rhode Island; by descent to his son Philip Darrell Sherman (1881–1957), Oberlin, Ohio, and Townsend, Vermont; by descent to his daughter Constance D. Sherman (1909–1987), Great Neck, New York; bequeathed to the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, 1987

Associated names

Frederick Sherman
Philip Darrell Sherman
Constance D. Sherman

Notes

The high chest descended to Constance D. Sherman along with a piano (also at the Rhode Island Historical Society, 1988.6.1) that had been owned by Pawtucket musician John Ernst Clarner (1827–1899). Constance's grandfather Frederick Sherman's youngest son was named Ernest Clarner Sherman and John Ernst Clarner's widow Caroline S. Clarner lived next door to the Sherman family in Pawtucket in the 1900 census. It is probable that the piano and high chest had the same line of descent.