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Miniature chest of drawers

Object number



Maker Unknown


17 7/8 17 1/8 11 1/8 in. (45.4 43.5 28.26 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Possibly made in Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); yellow poplar (drawer supports, drawer stops, drawer dividers, case bottom, case sides, bottom rail, drawer linings); pine (underside of top, back boards, top rail, drawer fronts)




Illegible inscriptions (possibly numbers), in graphite, on drawer dividers; "X1," in graphite, on back of top drawer; "X3," in graphite, on back of third drawer from top; "X4," in graphite, on back of bottom drawer


Private collection, 1966


The rectangular veneered top has a rounded edge on its front and sides above an applied cove molding. The top is attached to the case below by screw pockets--two in the top rail and two in the two-board back. Within the case are narrow strips (one missing) nailed with brads to the single-board, veneered case sides to prevent the upper drawer from tipping, full-depth drawer supports, also nailed with brads, and rectangular vertical drawer stops, glued to the back and sides. The case contains one deep drawer over three graduated shallow drawers, each with veneered fronts, attached to their square-topped drawer sides, flush with the drawer fronts, with dovetail joints, having finely cut, narrow-necked pins with half-pins above and below. The drawer sides are full height. The drawer bottoms, parallel to the fronts, are feather-chamfered at the front and sides, where they fit into grooves. Some drawer sides are further joined to their drawer bottoms with brads. The drawer bottoms are nailed with brads up into their drawer backs. The corner posts are solid and continuous with their legs--the rear posts unadorned, ending in turned vasiform legs, the front posts stop-fluted on their front faces, ending in reeded and turned vasiform legs. The single-board case bottom is secured to the case with small horizontal chamfered glue blocks-four at the front and three at each side (one missing, proper left)--and by brads nailed into the case back. Examined by P. E. Kane and W. S. Braznell, August 21, 2012; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.