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Maker(s):attrib. to shop tradition of Aaron Cook (1614-1690)
Date Made:circa 1699-1720
Materials:wood: pine, oak; paint
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Hampshire County
Measurements:overall: 17 1/8 x 49 1/2 x 13 5/8 in.; 43.4975 x 125.73 x 34.6075 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2003.16
Credit Line:Museum Collections Fund
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Board chest with drawer(s) (missing) in pine with oak cleats and blue paint, attributed to the workshop of Aaron Cook (1614-1690). The sides are set into rabbets in the front and back and secured with nails driven through the front and back. The single-board top is attached to the back with snipe-bill hinges. Narrow oak cleats decorated with molding are nailed to the lid. The front is adorned with two horizontal bands of ogee-and-bead moldings and the sides are decorated with two vertical bands of this same molding--a decorative element that ties this chest to a large group of frame-and-panel chests associated with the shop tradition started by Aaron Cook (1614-1690). Until recently, this chest retained remnants of lower extensions of the side boards, one of which retains it original T-shaped runner to support a side-hung drawer, indicating that this chest was fitted with one and perhaps two drawers. Additionally, a small rectangular hole at the center front of the floor board is evidence of an internal lock mechanism in which a long, narrow slat, held by brackets attached to the inner face of the chest was inserted through the opening into a channel on the inside face of the drawer and received in a square notch cut in the inside face of the lower drawer. Accessible only by the lock-and-key-equipped chest, the slat secured the lower drawers without the added expense of metal locks.
Comparison of tree rings visible in the end grain of the chest's side boards with a dendrochronology database of NE yellow pine indicates that the lumber used to make this chest was felled in 1699 or thereafter.

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