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High Chest of Drawers

Artist/Maker:
Shearer, John
Place Made:
Berkeley County West Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
1804
Medium:
walnut –yellow pine –poplar
Dimensions:
HOA: 53 1/2″; WOA; 43 5/8″; DOA: 24″
Accession Number:
5785
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Three-Quater-High Chest of Drawers; ogee bracket feet, molded base and top; lip molded frawers, three over two over three stacked; reeded quarter columns have carved swags at top and a carved chevron motif at bottom; it is signed and dated. Brasses, feet, and base molding replaced.

INSCRIPTION: Interior of top board: “God Save the King/By Me/John Shearer.” Interior of second long drawer: “From a Tory/Vive le Roy/1804/God Save the King/by me John Shearer.”

See Elizabeth A. Davison, The Furniture of John Shearer, 1790-1820, pp. 95-97.

History:
This three-quarter high chest of drawers was discovered by in a Pennsylvania antiques shop by John Snyder, Jr., who noted the inscriptions and began the research that led to the publication of his 1979 MESDA Journal article, “John Shearer, Joiner of Martinsburg.”
Credit Line:
Gift of the Estate of John J. Snyder, Jr.