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High chest of drawers, base only


Object number

RIF136

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

95.25 x 98.43 x 52.71 cm (37 1/2 x 38 3/4 x 20 3/4 in.)

Date

1760–1780

Current location

Babcock-Smith House Museum, Westerly, Rhode Island

Geography

Possibly made in Westerly, Rhode Island
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Medium

Butternut (?) (drawer fronts and sides, case back, and front rail); pine (drawer bottoms and backs); maple (drawer dividers, case sides, proper-right upper drawer support and guide); chestnut (lower drawer supports and guides)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Illegible inscription [possibly containing “1804”], in chalk, on exterior back of proper-right lower drawer

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Babcock-Smith House, Westerly, Rhode Island

Construction

The two-piece case sides meet the two-piece case back in dovetail joints, having pins of varying configuration, with half-pins above and below. The vertical divider between the bottom two drawers is half-blind dovetailed to the top rail above and the drawer divider below. Drawer guides are nailed with brads to the case sides and drawer supports are nailed to the undersides of the guides. The intermediate support for the upper drawers is set into a groove in the backboard. Deep intermediate drawer guides within the case for the three lower drawers are set into grooves in the backboard and in the scrollboard. Drawer supports are nailed to these guides with brads. The molded drawer fronts meet their flush drawer sides in dovetail joints, having large, thick-necked pins of varying configuration, with large half-pins above and small half-pins below. The flat drawer bottoms, perpendicular to the fronts, fit into grooves in the full-height drawer sides and are nailed with brads to the bottoms of the drawer backs. The square-section legs, with angular knees and calves, end in shod pad feet with incised ankles. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, April 16, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.