We found this beauty in the Connecticut River Valley area and believe it hails from New Hampshire. It is a true six board chest as the sides, top and bottom are all made from single pieces of northern white pine. The paint decoration is a fine, faux grain design in brown with a nice border effect on the front panel. The front and sides have almost 100% of the paint decoration remaining and the top has about 60% remaining, all with great color.
The chest measures just 32" wide by 17 1/4" deep and 18 1/2" tall. The top is an extra 1 1/4" wide to accommodate the cleats fastened to the underside of each end. The construction is dovetailed with no feet or till.
The underside of the top has the signature "Brooks Kimball Wilton March 14 1824". Below that is a second signature "Elinore S. Barrett 1888." The Brooks Kimball signature and 1824 date are also on the back of the piece. We found a Brooks Kimball born in Temple, NH, in 1802 which is next door to Wilton, NH. Ms. Barrett is likely a later owner of the chest and perhaps a descendent.
The top has a very early repair to the back where a thin board was attached, likely to repair that section from damage due to the hinge screws being wrenched from the top. The hinges and handles are original as is the mortise lock. The latch pin in the top has been removed.
We found this chest with modern paint splatters on the front. We had these professionally removed and the chest was given a coat of wax. It is ready for that special place in your home.
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