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Pipe box

Object number



Maker Unknown


17 1/4 5 3/4 4 in. (43.815 14.605 10.16 cm)



Current location

Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); yellow poplar (drawer sides and board below drawer); white pine (drawer bottom)






Probably Thomas Robinson (1761–1851), Newport, Rhode Island, and Ferrisburgh, Vermont; by descent to his son Rowland T. Robinson (1796–1879), Ferrisburgh, Vermont; by descent to his son George G. Robinson (1825–1894), Ferrisburgh, Vermont; by descent to his brother Rowland E. Robinson (1833–1900), Ferrisburgh, Vermont; by descent to his wife Anna S. Robinson (1840–1920), Ferrisburgh, Vermont; given to Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, Vermont

Associated names

Thomas Robinson
Rowland T. Robinson
George G. Robinson
Rowland E. Robinson
Anna S. Robinson


The arched and scallop-topped back (some elements missing) is set into rabbets in the scallop-topped sides. The scallop-topped front board is set in grooves in the sides. There are later chamfered blocks within the box. The front of the drawer below is attached to its sides in a dovetail joint, having finely cut narrow-necked pins with half-pins above and half-pins with rabbets below. The drawer sides are arch-topped, as is the drawer back. The drawer bottom is nailed to the drawer front and back with later nails. Each corner of the drawer is worn and rounded from extensive use. The board below the drawer fits into grooves in the box sides. The whole sits upon a single board base nailed up into the case with brads. Examined by P.E. Kane, May 24, 2008; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd