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Place Made:
Pickens County South Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
walnut –yellow pine
HOA: 40 3/4; WOA: 56; DOA: 26 3/4
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Sideboard with five drawers; center drawer originally divided for bottles in front half; lip molded drawers with heavy dovetail work; lion brass pulls (replaced); gallery balustrades gilded; full dust dividers; wrought nail construction; gallery rail on sides and back; scalloped corner leg brackets; incised lines on piece; later keyholes closed.

SHOP: One of four sideboards found to have the same corner leg brackets and drawer fenestration. Along with a one drawer table, these pieces all have cock-beading on the drawers that is carved, rather than applied. On two of the sideboards the cut away is so pronounced that it forms fielded panels. Two of the sideboards are walnut and one is cherry. Two of the pieces also make use of string inlay as does the table from the same shop.

FEATURES: Of particular interest on this piece is the use of struck beading across the base and continuing through the shaped brackets and down the legs; the use of burl grained inserted panels on stiles and drawers of the case; the use of a pine top stained black to resemble slate; and unusual gallery rail supported by gold painted balustrades. The latter feature was probably inspired by the use of brass balustrades to support more urban examples.

USE: The center drawer was originally fitted for bottles.

TERM: A later term for this form is “hunt board,” referring to sideboards of this height.

BRASSES: The brasses were replaced with old examples identical to those found on one of the other sideboards in this group.

WOODS: walnut with inset yellow pine.

This sideboard descended in the family of Boggs Alexander Robinson, with a family tradition of having belonged to the Boggs family of Pickens County, SC. It is probably the “1 Slab” valued at $20.00 in the probate inventory of Robinson’s great-great-grandfather, William Ellison Boggs (1792-1857), taken on 5 January 1865, shortly after the death of his widow, Letitia Hamilton Boggs (1791-1864). William and Letitia Boggs are buried at the Carmel Presbyterian Church, located near the town of Liberty, SC.
Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund