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Miniature Chest of Drawers

Place Made:
Davie or Iredell County North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
walnut –yellow pine –oak
__HOA: 16 1/2″ __ __WOA: 16 13/16″ __DOA: 10 1/2″
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Miniature three-drawer chest: Three molded drawers with one wooden knob per drawer; molded, wide overhanging top and molded base; ogee bracket feet.

CONSTRUCTION: The top is pegged into sides, sides dovetailed into base, front drawer stiles morticed into sides and with a facia strip sprigged onto the edges of the sides. The drawer supports are set into rabbeted grooves and connected with a mortice at back. The feet are set against horizontally grained blocks 5/8″ high (to a 2-3/8″ foot); back foot brackets are chamfered and nailed to bottom. The two horizontal back boards are butt jointed, set into lap jointed sides, and wrought nailed at sides only.

HISTORY: Nancy Cook Cheshire, b. 1820, married (1) Major Wilson Gowan and (2) Alfred Shoemaker, who lived in the Mocksville-Harmony areas of Davie and Iredell counties, North Carolina. She gave the chest to her grandaughter Louisa Blunt (genealogical reseach indicates she was Nancy’s great-granddaughter) who later married a Mr. Snow. Louisa Blunt Snow sold it to her cousin in 1971.
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. Frank L. Horton