Centre County Blanket Chest with Spread Eagle

Pennsylvania eagle blanket chest




Tear Sheet

Centre County, Pennsylvania


Pine with iron crab lock

Length 52", Depth 22 1/4", Heightt. 28"

Part of a distinct group of "Eagle" chests found in Centre county, Pennsylvania, this example was made for "Margrate Wagener" (Margaret Wagner) and is dated "1817" and inscribed on a banner between the eagle's wings. The eagle is encircled with hex designs & tulips while clenching stems of tulips with his talons. The body of the chest is decorated in a yellow ground with geometric sgrafitto designs.

Another chest by this maker and decorator is cited in Fabian’s The Pennsylvania-German Decorated Chest, as having been inscribed for Wilhelm Waggoner (1813); see page 167, plate 163 for a related example.