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Food Safe

Place Made:
Southeastern Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
1680-1720
Medium:
yellow pine –ash
Dimensions:
HOA: 40 1/4″
WOA: 29 3/4″
DOA: 19 1/4″
Accession Number:
5729.1
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Food safe with flat rectangular top; solid back; sides and front framed with plain rectangular members except for front skirt which is cut out along bottom edge; door at front side occupies two thirds of front; hinged at right on original butterfly hinges; single shelf inside composed of two loose boards; four straight, sausage turned legs which are continuations of side posts and terminate in “potato masher” feet with applied domed wood bosses on underside.

CONSTRUCTION: The horizontal backboards and top boards are wrought-nailed in place. The top boards were originally reinforced with nailed-on battens, only one of which survives. The rails are tenoned into the legs and fixed with single pins. All four feet, though original, are bored out to receive the doweled ends of the legs. The door frame is lap-joined and further secured with wooden pins and wrought-iron nails. The door stile rests in mitered lap joints and is multiply nailed and pinned. A thin door stop is wrought-nailed to the inside of the left stile; the thin shelf supports are similarly secured. A wooden hasp secures the door. The iron hinges are wrought-nailed to the door frame and door stile. The replaced textile covering is face-nailed to the case and secured with replacement leather strips.

WOODS: Ash legs and rails; yellow pine top, top batten, backboards, door frame, door stile, door stop, and shelf supports. All by microanalysis.

Credit Line:
Loan courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg