This hand crafted cupboard dates from the mid to late 1800's with hand cut dove tailed construction. It is believed to be from the New York area of Kings or Queens county. Beautiful detail etched onto inset glass panels on doors (12.5" x 30"), surrounded by 1" of triple grooved molding. Urns of flowers and foliage embellish these glass panels above and below while the central design incorporates a globe, book, quills. There is a single drawer at the base 6" deep. Inside are three adjustable shelves with unique hand cut supports. Doors and side panels are of matched grain wood; an example of the pride and craftsmanship the master woodworker puzzled together as he created this lasting beauty. Fluted columns adorn the front adding classic style. Original hardware and lock mechanisms in working condition. Built up cornice measures 54 x 24 while the overall dimensions are 51" wide x 22" deep x 75" high. Most of the Eastern cupboards are made of a mix of local woods; poplar, cherry or red gum with pine backs.
Historical information: The heftiest status symbol for Dutch settlers in Colonial America, a massive cupboard called a kas or kast, reigned supreme in fashionable New York and New Jersey parlors throughout the 18th century. The larger the cupboard -- some were eight feet tall -- the more formidable the fortune of the family that owned it, or so it was thought. Filled with linens, porcelains, silver and the householder's gun, the kas (pronounced kaz) was kept locked, with the woman of the house in charge of the key.
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