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Title:chest with drawers
Date Made:1705-1715
Materials:wood: red oak, yellow pine; paint
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Hadley-Hatfield area
Measurements:overall: 38 1/2 in x 46 in x 20 in; 97.8 cm x 116.8 cm x 50.8 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2004.46
Credit Line:Gift of Nancy Newton West and Family

Joined frame-and-panel chest with a three-panel facade over two side-hung drawers. The sides are framed to contain two panels; the back of the chest contains a single large panel. A backboard is nailed over the lower back opening. The chest floor boards are let into grooves in the floor rail at the front and the stiles and are butted and nailed to the rear floor rail. The drawer fronts extend beyond the sides and are mitered to fit against the beveled edges of the stiles. The drawer sides are attached to the front with a single large dovetail and nailed into rabbets in the back. Grooves in the sides, cut through the dovetails, accomodate drawer supports fit into notches in the front stiles, coped to fit around the stiles and nailed to the front and rear stiles. The chamfered front edges of the drawer bottoms are inserted into grooves in the fronts and butted against the sides and back and nailed to the back. The two outside panels are carved with the initials "S" and "D" and the initials "SD" are incised in the carved shield-shaped void at the center of the top rail. This chest with drawers was owned by Holyoke collector Herbert B. Newton in the late nineteenth century and descended to the donor. Repairs and replaced components include: replaced drawer backs, patches to the front edges of the drawers, thin wooden slats added to the bottoms of the sides and to the grooves cut to receive the drawer supports. The lower backboard may be a replacement. The current red and black paint is modern; under a lighted loupe, evidence of early black paint on the lower rails and red lead (bright orange) on the panels is clearly visible--under the loupe's 10x magnification, no visible traces of Prussian blue could be detected.

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