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High chest of drawers

Object number



Maker Unknown


70 39 3/4 19 7/8 in. (177.8 100.965 50.483 cm)



Current location

Martha's Vineyard Museum


Made in, or possibly made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Mahogany (primary); chestnut, white pine (secondary)


Numbers beginning with "5" at the top and ending with "I" at the bottom, in chalk in large florid script on the back of upper case drawers; similar numbering on the back of lower case drawers; vertical mark in chalk follows every number; well-worn chalk numbers also present on drawer sides; "18 October first [at least two illegible words]" in pencil on side of an end drawer in lower case.


Originally owned by Ephraim Pease (1737–1789) and his wife, Hannah Harper Pease (1738–1767), Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; by descent to their daughter, Love Pease (born 1762), Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; by descent to the niece of her daughter, Nellie Norton. Florence M. Troemner and Clara L. Troemner; given to the Martha's Vineyard Museum

Associated names

Ephraim Pease
Hannah Harper Pease
Love Pease
Florence M. Troemner
Clara L. Troemner
Nellie Norton


Brock Jobe, Gary R. Sullivan, and Jack O'Brien, Harbor and Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710–1850 (Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 2009), 232–33, no. 80.
Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., New Hampshire Fall Auction, sale cat. (October 25, 2009), 47 (comp.cit).