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This tall chest is decorated with carved fans on both of the center drawers. Chests of many drawers became popular in the closet-less houses of the 18th century as people became richer and could afford to have more things. Dr. Elihu Ashley (1750-1817), the owner of this chest, was the son of Deerfield's 2nd minister and married in 1775.

 

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High Chest of Drawers

date   c. 1775
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   89.5"
width   44.0"
depth   20.87"
process/materials   wood
item type   Household Goods/Furniture
accession #   #1886.20


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