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Chest on frame

Object number



Maker Unknown


60 1/2 36 17 1/2 in. (153.67 91.44 44.45 cm)



Current location



Made in Rhode Island, or made in Massachusetts
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Maple (primary); maple (bottom and top boards upper case); pine (back boards, drawer linings, and drawer supports)




"1" through "5," in chalk, on exterior and/or interior drawer backs from the bottom up; incised vertical lines near midpoint of drawer backs and continue on top edge of drawer backs; "V," elongated and incised, on sides of drawer sides


Frederick K. Barbour (1894–1971) and Margaret Roberts Barbour, Norfolk, Connecticut. Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Manchester, New Hampshire), October 25, 2009, lot 345

Associated names

Margaret Roberts Barbour
Frederick K. Barbour
Northeast Auctions


The top board of the upper case is a single piece, joined to the sides by means of half-blind dovetails. The cornice, attached by rosehead nails, is a single piece of wood, consisting of a quarter round, fillet, and cove molding. The case back consists of four horizontal boards, affixed by rosehead nails, set into rabbets in the one-board case sides. The case contains five graduated thumb-molded drawers, which bear the marks of alternate brasses and (later) red paint. The current brasses are centered on each drawer. The drawer-side tops have a single bead at the outside edge. The dovetails are small, neat triangles with a half-pin above. The single-broad drawer bottoms, with grain parallel to the front, have feather-chamfered fronts and sides, are let into grooves in the drawer fronts and sides, and are nailed (four each) to the underside of the back. The undersides of the drawer bottoms retain rough-sawn vertical saw marks. Drawer supports (some replaced, some turned) are attached to the case with rosehead nails. Drawer dividers have concealed dovetail joints at the bottom rail, half-dovetail joints at the middle three, and a full dovetail at the top rail. There is a full, single-board case bottom dovetailed into the case sides. The case has a base molding which is essentially the reverse of its cornice. The base, also painted red, consists of three shaped skirts that center a turned pendant in front. The front skirt and finial are probably of later date. The base backboard is a single piece, with an arched skirt. The skirts are attached to the four sharp-edged cabriole legs, of somewhat exaggerated profile, by means of mortise and tenon joints, two per skirt. The front legs have two shaped knee brackets, the rear legs one. The rear legs project in back. The angular slipper feet include a prominent heel. Examined by P.E. Kane, and B.W. Colman, October 19, 2009; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.


Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., New Hampshire Fall Auction, sale cat. (October 25, 2009), 103, lot 345, ill.