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Maker(s):attributed to the Cook shop tradition
Date Made:ca. 1680
Materials:wood: oak, yellow pine; paint, base metal
Place Made:United States; Connecticut; Windsor or Massachusetts; Hampshire County
Measurements:overall: 30 1/4 x 47 x 18 in.; 76.835 x 119.38 x 45.72 cm
Accession Number:  HD 69.0404
Credit Line:C. Alice Baker Bequest
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Joined oak chest with a replaced hinged pine top and four oak panels in front, two panels - on each end, and one plain panel on the back, which was originally painted red. The chest descended from David Hoyt (1651-1704) and his third wife Abigail Cook (1659-1708) of Deerfield, who probably brought this chest and one in the PVMA collection (1880-100) into the marriage in 1690. Abigail Wilson's first husband was the carpenter, joiner, and turner, Joshua Pomeroy (1646-1689), who moved to Deerfield from Windsor in 1676. Pomeroy was probably trained by Abigail's father, the Windsor carpenter and joiner, Aaron Cook (1614-1690). Both chests could have been made by Abigail Cook's father, uncle, Pomeroy, or brother, Nathaniel Cook Jr. (1658-1724), all of whom worked in the same style. Both chests arppear to have been made by the same craftsman, probably some time after Abigail Cook's move to Deerfield in 1676. This chest passed through the Hoyt family from David's son, Jonathan Hoyt (1688-1779). Mrs. Henry King Hoyt (1805-1891) of Deerfield (born Catherine Wells) gave many old family pieces such as this chest to Miss C. Alice Baker (1833-1909). Unfortunately, Miss Baker scraped off the old red paint in September, 1881. The chest is of frame-and panel construction, with the only ornamentation being the shallow shadow moldings on the stiles and rails. The shallow profiles were scraped lengthwise into the stiles and rails to give some visual relief to the otherwise plain facade. The front lock is also replaced.

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