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Early American Furnishings

A Federal Mahogany Document Chest; Baltimore, c.1815

Batimore Document Chest,  c.1815

a rare Federal Sheraton style carved mahogany document chest; the lack of bottle height allowance and partitions preclude its’ use as a cellaret; while the form is more akin to that of a Southern sugar chest, its’ urban use of mahogany, stylistic refinement, lack of partitions, and an absence of any interior residual staining indicate a more likely use for document or valuables storage; the reeded top edge and front stile fascias, scratch beaded drawer fronts, multiple ring leg turnings, and typical trumpet feet, all place its’ origin squarely in Maryland and probably Baltimore; a dining table with many of the same stylistic attributes can be see in Gregory Weidman’s Furniture in Maryland, 1740-1940, page 181, No. 151; a nearly identical form on reeded legs, with cockbeading around the drawer, the same dimensions, and almost certainly from the same shop, sold at New Orleans Auctions on May 30, 2015 (see below); tulip poplar secondary wood; the brass pulls are appropriate replacements based on ghosting of previous back plates; in excellent condition and retaining original key; dimensions: 29″ tall x 23″ wide x 15″ deep (Please scroll down for detail images.)


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The carved keyhole escutcheon and spiral pulls are later Victorian additions, as are in all likelihood, the brass casters. (