Early Red-Painted Lift-Top Chest



New England

c. 1750

Pine with original red paint

Ht. 30 ¾”, W. 43 ¼”, D. 15 ½”

The lid with pin hinged battens above a single drawer with original turned knobs above a boldly scalloped skirt; the end boards with saw-tooth pattern. It is rare to find a chest of this early period in such a remarkable state of preservation. The saw-tooth cut on each end panel suggests Massachusetts and the scallop across the front suggests New Hampshire or Vermont. These features perhaps suggest Northwestern Massachusetts as an origin.

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