There is a mark of paint over the last digit of the date, but it is probably a "6, " making the date 1806. These dower chests are unique and unreproducible because such chests were made for the daughter for her future marriage. It was usually made when the girl was 9 or 10 yrs old and the girl's name and date. And would be filled with linens and clothing.
At the time, before the industrial revolution, textiles were treasured items. Such chests were family gift meant to last forever; thus, the quality of craftsmanship, though simple, is in general very good. The cabinet maker used dovetail joints on corners (see how the wood fits into place) this type of joint was done by hand until late 1800s.
This chest is probably made from pine or tulip poplar. When the chest opened there is a covered compartment (known as a till) to the left. Underneath, you can see two finished indentations, which were most likely used to hold a shelf. It was common to use this space as a secret compartment for jewelry and other valuables. The hardware is iron: hinges, original key, lock, and handles.The key will still lock the chest! The top of the piece that surrounds the key has come away from the wood a bit. Approximate measurements : 46"L x25"Wx22"H (chest) and 22"x6"x6" (Inner drawer w/hinged cover). The item "Local Pickup Antique 1806 Signed Hand Painted Wood Dowry Blanket Chest Trunk Key" is in sale since Monday, June 18, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Chests & Trunks\1800-1899". The seller is "kch84707" and is located in McLean, Virginia.
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