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High chest of drawers

Object number



Maker Unknown


52 39 21 in. (132.08 99.06 53.34 cm)



Current location



Made in Rhode Island
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Maple (primary); yellow poplar (drawer linings, drawer supports, bottom board of upper case, back of lower case); pine (backboards of upper case)




"1" and "2," in chalk, at front interior corners of sides of two small drawers in upper case; "1" and "2," in chalk, at top of sides of upper case and on top of case at corresponding ends


Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Manchester, New Hampshire), October 25, 2009, lot 169

Associated names

Dyer family
Northeast Auctions


The upper-case top consists of two (later) boards applied to a top, presumably dovetailed to the two-part case sides. The cornice is a single piece, nailed to the case side. The case contains two short above three long thumb-molded drawers. The short drawers are fitted with touch latches attached with rosehead nails. The two-part drawer bottoms, with grain running from side to side, are feather-chamfered at the front and side, are let into a groove at the front, attached with brads at the back, and have hand-saw marks. There are drawer runners applied to the bottom of the drawer sides. The dovetails in front are large, with half-pins at top and bottom, exhibiting extensive kerf marks inside the drawer. Drawer dividers are half-blind dovetailed into the case sides. There are drawer supports, attached to the case sides with rosehead nails. The drawer sides are rounded at the top; the drawer backs are flat, with a slight chamfer at the back. Moldings glued and attached with wooden pegs to the upper case fit over the lower case. The underside of the lower board of the upper case is fitted with battens running front to back, secured with large rosehead nails. The lower two-board case back is dovetailed to the single-board lower-case sides and has a straight skirt. The upper drawer divider is attached to the case sides with a dovetail joint reinforced with rosehead nails. The upper-case back consists of two horizontal boards half-lapped together and fastened to rabbets in the case sides and top and the back edge of the bottom board with rosehead nails. The backboards are stabilized by a vertical brace nailed to the back boards from the interior and which penetrates the bottom board. The lower case contains a single long drawer over two deep small drawers, centering a single shallow drawer. Molded vertical strips are attached to the front of the lower case above the legs. The front skirt is missing its pendant. The drawer dividers in the lower case are fastened to the skirt with glue-reinforced long, vertical blocks with chamfered ends. The drawer supports are fastened to the skirt with dovetails and are tenoned into the backboard. The one for the central drawer is tenoned through the backboard. The drawer guides for the center drawer are tenoned into the drawer dividers. The legs are missing. Examined by P.E. Kane and B.K. Colman, October 19, 2009; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.


Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., New Hampshire Fall Auction, sale cat. (October 25, 2009), 44, lot 169, ill.