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Culture:American
Title:high chest
Date Made:ca. 1720
Type:Furniture
Materials:wood: walnut, maple, white pine, yellow-poplar (repair)
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Boston or Salem
Accession Number:  HD 2003.1
Credit Line:Gift of the Estate of Gertrude King Bedard
© Historic Deerfield, Inc, photo by Penny Leveritt

Description:
Decorated with bookmatched flitches of walnut veneer on its drawers, case sides and front, and supported on six turned legs joined by shaped stretchers, this high chest is significant for its intact survival. The backboards of the upper case and the pads between the lower case and legs are replaced. The brasses appear to be original, but have been re-set. The high chest consists of an upper case with two side-by-side drawers over three drawers set on a lower case set with a shallow drawer flanked by two deep drawers. The understructure consists of six two-part legs: projecting tenons from the feet protrude through holes in the stretchers and are socketed into round mortises in the legs; tenons projecting from the top of the legs are socketed into round mortises in blocks on the inside of the lower case. This high chest was left to the donor, Gertrude King Bedard, by her half-sister, Beatrice Marie Bedard. According to Gertrude "It had been always in Lynn--or originally Salem. Mrs. Edward Clarke left it to her. It had always been in her family. She was a Putnam, but she was also a Spencer. My great grandmother was Roxanna Spencer of Hartford. Two Spencer brothers came to Lynn in 1631 & two followed to Salem about two years later."

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