Unusually nice original "feather" painted blanket chest found in Northwestern Virginia, though could have originated in nearby Pennsylvania as the style is strongly similar to Amish pieces originating there.
Structurally it is excellent, with no missing pieces or replacements. Even the lock works and has a key. The hardware all looks original including the screws which are post-1850 and hence the date guesstimate. The exterior coloration is medium-brown.
There are some small construction and decorative details that elevate this from most of the traditional tongue and groove joined blanket chests normally encountered. The charming little key escutcheon, the removable ball feet held in place by wooden pins. It is built of six very wide boards (when forests still had old growth trees).
Usually painted furniture utilized pine, which is probably what this is. Curiously the builder utilized a board with two small knots on the top (the area most visible and utilized)! The rest of the creation is pristinely knot free. Go figure... For the most part the original paint is pretty vibrant and intact. Typically the top shows 30-40% paint wear.
Dimensions are: 42" long, 25"tall and 21" wide.
A really neat, super-clean piece of early Americana!
Expensive to ship. Free pickup in Richmond or delivery within 200 miles $100.
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