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Photo: Courtesy The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia. Bequest of Gertrude H. Peck, 1980-126
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High chest of drawers


Object number

RIF178

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

175.578 x 98.425 x 50.8 cm (69 1/8 x 38 3/4 x 20 in.)

Date

1750–1780

Current location

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia

Geography

Possibly made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple (primary); white pine (backboard lower case and blocks holding legs to case); yellow pine (top board upper case); cedar (bottom board upper case); chestnut (backboards, some drawer linings); yellow poplar (some drawer linings)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"Mrs. Elizabeth Fogg/ Tacoma Country Club" in graphite on back of lower case

Provenance

Elizabeth Fogg, Tacoma, Washington. Mrs. Roger W. Peck (née Gertrude), Tacoma, Washington; bequeathed to Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1980

Associated names

Mrs. Roger (Gertrude) Peck
Charles M. Fogg
Elizabeth Fogg

Construction

UPPER CASE. The sides are dovetailed to the top and bottom boards. Horizontal backboards are nailed to rabbets in the top and sides and flush nailed to the bottom. The two-part cornice is nailed and glued to the top and sides; the lower element of the front cornice acts as the front of the concealed drawer. The drawer dividers are set into dados and the joints are concealed with a 1/4 inch strip of veneer. The muntin between the two narrow drawers is dovetailed into the drawer dividers from the front. The drawer supports are glued and nailed into dadoes behind the drawer dividers; the bottom drawer dividers and replaced drawer supports are glued and nailed to the case bottom. LOWER CASE. The backboard is dovetailed to the case sides with half pins at the top and bottom and seven full dovetails in between them. The skirt, top rail, and drawer dividers are nailed to the front edges of the sides; the joints are concealed with veneer strip. The waist molding is nailed to the upper edges of the sides and top rail. The muntins are dovetailed into the skirt and the drawer blade from the front, joints exposed. The drawer supports are tenoned into the back and half lapped into the skirt and drawer divider. Replaced drawer guides are flush nailed to the sides of the case and the ops of the lower central drawer supports. The upper extensions of the legs are glued and blocked into the corners of the case assembly; the drops are doweled into the lower edge of the skirt through thin nailed-on plates. DRAWERS. The cornice drawer bottom is nailed to rabbeted lower edges of the front and sides and flush nailed to the back; chestnut runners are glued and nailed to the lower edges of the sides. The other drawer bottoms are nailed to rabbeted lower edges of the fronts and sides and flush nailed to the back. Half-blind dovetails fasten the drawer fronts to the side with a half pin at the top and a half tail at the bottom; the drawer sides are considerably lower than the drawer fronts. Source: Adapted from the Colonial Williamsburg catalogue sheet 1980.26. Examined by P. E. Kane, September 2003.