DESCRIPTION: Chest of drawers: Top has a two-piece stacked molding; two lipped molded drawers over three graduated drawers; sides are very unusual with four mortise and tenon panels, each with a 1/2 lunette (a quarter circle) applied to each corner for a total of sixteen decorative lunettes per side; well-turned feet; top right drawer has a slight amount of lip damage on the upper left end; one of the original 32 lunettes is missing; finish is original; pulls are all believed to be original, including the two Sandwich glass knobs on the two short drawers, three long drawers have two single screw turned wooden knobs, all knobs were on the piece when originally purchased; long drawers are keyed and have inlaid keyhole escutcheons.
CONSTRUCTION: The construction of the side panels, each divided into four small panels and each with lunetted corners, is rare and not known on any other Piedmont North Carolina pieces.
MARKS AND MAKERS: The first full length drawer was signed in pencil on the interior bottom “Joseph Whitney 1833,” an apprentice of Eli Spoon, and “Eli Spoon” in large cursive script. The bottom drawer is signed with red stain “15.00 Eli Spoon.”
WOODS: Constructed of figured walnut with curly maple posts, and Southern yellow pine secondary wood