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Jackson Press

Place Made:
Jefferson County Tennessee United States of America
Date Made:
cherry –tulip poplar
HOA: 91″
WOA: 41-1/2′
DOA 20″
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Jackson press with broken scroll pediment with carved rosettes and flame finial, beaded molding; upper case has two six-paned glass doors above two small drawers; stiles have vase turnings; the lower case has two drawers over a recessed cabinet with two paneled doors; vase-turned stiles over turned feet.

GROUP: This small press is part of a group of furniture having histories of descent in counties just north and east of Knoxville, and likely dating to the 1830s. At present, two larger press forms and two clock cases are known which can be attributed to the same, as yet, unknown craftsman. Technology expressed in the case construction, especially the use of cherry veneers on the rails and stiles of the paneled case ends, and the framed top construction of the lower section, suggest the maker’s knowledge of, and exposure to, urban craft traditions, which are also seen in some Knoxville furniture. The original scrolled pediment with delicately carved rosettes is especially successful and serves as one marker for further associating the press with the clocks from this shop. Its diminutive scale is very intriguing considering the towering height of other known examples from this shop.

This Jackson press descended in the family of Allen Trobaugh (1814-1856) of Jefferson County, Tennessee. Trobaugh was born in Greene County to Frederick and Mary Trobaugh who had moved to Tennessee from Augusta County, Virginia. Allen married Hannah Hartman (1816-1885) on February 9, 1837. He quickly moved to northern Jefferson County where he was listed in the U.S. censuses for 1840 and 1850. His land became part of Hamblen County when that county was formed in 1870.
Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund