From December 24, 2021 to February 1, 2022,
Old Salem Museums & Gardens and MESDA
are closed to the public in preparation for the Spring season.
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We will reopen on Wednesday, February 2, 2022.
We invite you to explore the Historic District with Salem Pathways, a choose-your-own-adventure experience.
wardrobe or press: cornice with Ionic dentil molding, cove molding above frieze, upper case with two astragal-molded flush-panel doors, molding with lunetted corners; lower case with three cockbeaded full-width drawers; bracket feet with incised line following curve of outline
Descended in the Dawson family of Charleston.
loss of one astragal lunette and losses to cockbeading; brasses original, but moved on drawer faces (originally centered panels) __top fillet of crown molding removed
Cornice: cornice and frieze assembled on a separate dovetailed frame;
Doors: unpinned mortised and tenoned frames with no face veneering; solid panels set in rabbets;
Corner joinery: upper and lower cases dovetailed;
Back joinery: back of upper case paneled, with horizontal boards fitted to a vertical stile in center and two central rails, no surrounding stiles or rails; back of lower case composed of horizontal boards set into a rabbet;
Drawer rails: glued to dustboards and set in plain dadoes, the joint covered by facing strips;
Drawer supports: linen drawers (of which one remains) run on mahogany cleats screwed to case sides; lower case drawers run on drawer rails and dustboards
Dustboards: full-bottom, 7/8 depth;
Base system: full-width and full-depth bed blocking;
Foot block system: vertical blocks (now missing) rested upon horizontal flankers fully shaped to foot responds and glued to bed blocking, mitred at the front corners;
Frame joinery: (linen drawer not recorded) dovetailed; back passes sides;
Bottom-to-frame joinery: drawer bottoms originally fitted to dadoes in front and sides (now altered), nailed at back;
Bottom section/joinery: Drawer bottoms consist of pairs of single beveled boards parallel to front, dadoed to center muntins (muntin-to-frame joinery not recorded);
Runner system: drawer sides and center muntins;
Front edge finish: mitred cockbeading;
Drawer face finish: solid mahogany
(Joinery taken from Rauschenberg & Bivins, p. 564.)
rosette and bail brasses (See Condition.)
Refer to Description and Joinery. __ __ __Refer to Description and Joinery.
Frank L. Horton –Bradford L. Rauschenberg –Ann W. Dibble __Yes __Yes __11/28/1978 __Also examined on 08/29/1995 by Bradford L. Rauschenberg and John Bivins Jr.