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Pine Blanket Chest

Southern yellow pine blanket chest (6-board chest) with original hand-wrought strap hinges and til. The chest has applied straight bracket feet with a centre drop. The centre drop is perhaps related to similar features found on pieces known to be from northeastern North Carolina. The box is dove-tailed with the top having an applied thumbnail molding. Found in Nash County and said to have come from an area farm. Chest is painted a dark red-brown, probably original paint.

Object number: 1978.2.1

Dimensions: Width, 47”; Depth, 18”; height, 22 3/4”

Estimated age: circa 1780-1790



What visitors say

Thank you so much for leading us on a guided tour of the Joel Lane House! I had no idea that the kitchen was separate from the main house, and how different the two are. I had always assumed that the most dangerous job for a slave was in the fields, but your expertise showed me that the kitchen (because of the heat and potential for fire) was actually the most dangerous for a slave woman…

Maggie