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High Chests 1710-1780

(The Antiques Dictionary) Taken from Antiques directory By Judith & Martin Miller

The Classic high chest, with or without an elaborate pediment represents a happy fusion of traditions in 18th century America. The primary influence was still English rather than Dutch colonial, but the English cabinet-makers of the late 17th century and early 18th centuries had taken the style directly from Dutch models. The bonnet top, though the design was mediated through England, never achieved the same level of popularity there that it did in the American colonies. By the same token the architectural pediment so highly favored in Georgian England was not as commonly used in America in the same period. Pictures are labeled below.

Chippendale 1760                Chippendale 1790                                     Chippendale 1760 Highboy                        Federal inlaid 1810

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Who is St. Patrick and How do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick – The Missionary and Bishop of Ireland

St. Patrick, or the “Apostle of Ireland,” actually started out in the pagan religion. While not much is known about his early life, as many of his life’s details were lost to folklore, letters from St. Patrick reveal that he was captured in Wales, Scotland, or another close area outside of Ireland and taken to Ireland as a slave. Years later, he escaped and returned to his family, who were Romans living in Britain, going back to Ireland for mission work after finding a place as a cleric and then Bishop within the Christian faith. He was born around 460, and by the 600s, he was already known as the Patron Saint of Ireland.

There are many legends associated with St. Patrick. The symbol of the shamrock used for St. Patrick’s Day comes from the story of St. Patrick using the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity. The three-leafed plant coincided with the Pagan religion’s sanctity of the number three and is the root of the green color theme.

Another popular belief is that St. Patrick banished the snakes from Ireland. The story says that while St. Patrick was fasting, snakes attacked him, so he chased all snakes into the ocean. However, there have never been snakes in Ireland during the post-glacial period. The absence of snakes and symbolism involved with snakes is believed to explain the story, although it could have been referring to type of worm rather than snakes. One legend has St. Patrick sticking a walking stick into the ground while evangelizing, which turned into a tree.


St. Patrick’s Day History and Traditions

This holiday is celebrated every year on March 17th, honoring the Irish patron saint, St. Patrick. The celebrations are largely Irish culture themed and typically consist of wearing green, parades, and drinking. Some churches may hold religious services and many schools and offices close in Suffolk County, the area containing Boston and its suburbs.

People all over the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, especially places with large Irish-American communities. Feasting on the day features traditional Irish food, including corned beef, corned cabbage, coffee, soda bread, potatoes, and shepherd’s pie. Many celebrations also hold an Irish breakfast of sausage, black and white pudding, fried eggs, and fried tomatoes. Common traditions include:

  • Parades – This event is most often associated with the holiday. Cities that hold large parades include Boston, New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Savannah, and other cities worldwide.
  • Drinking – Since many Catholics are Irish-American, some may be required to fast from drinking during Lent. However, they are allowed to break this fast during the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. This is one cause for the day’s association with drinking heavily.
  • Dying water or beer green – Chicago dies its river green for the festivities, and many bars serve green-dyed beer. The White House fountain is also dyed green.
  • Other incorporations of green – In Seattle, the parade routes are painted in green. Observers are supposed to wear green or else risk being pinched. Parade floats and decorations will feature the color green.
  • Religious services – Those who celebrate the holiday in a religious context may also hold a feast. Outside of this context, overindulgence tends to revolve around drinking.
  • Pea planting – In the Northeast, many celebrate by planting peas. This is largely due to the color and time of year (prime pea-planting conditions.

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The restoration of Chest

(The Antiques Dictionary) Taken from Antiques directory By Judith & Martin Miller

By the beginning of the 18th century drawers slid on bottom rather than on side runners and it is here, as with all working parts, that damage is encountered and restoration is required. The replacement of runners, provided that it is sympathetically executed, is commercially acceptable and is indeed necessary in order to preserve the chest if it is intend for use. Indeed, specific damage will occur if defective runners are not repaired. When opened and closed the drawer will shake the carcass loosing the end joints of the drawer, the end joints of the drawer frames where they run into the sides. This can cause the veneer to loosen, whereupon it may be struck by the drawer, causing it to chip. The replacement of handles is necessary when the original pulls have been damaged but often a new set was substituted in order to give the chess a more up-to-date appearance, particularly during the early 19th century. It is also important that the chest of drawers should retain its original feet, although it may be acceptable for the underside blocks to have been replaced.

Chippendale 1785,  Federal inlaid 1790,

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CHEST 1680-1830 (The Antiques Dictionary) Taken from Antiques directory By Judith & Martin Miller

The American chest of drawers developed quickly during the late 17th century. A Chippendale curly maple is a fine example of this early period and consists of three drawers, the lower two being deep with applied mouldings. Whereas the Chippendale cherry wood show the rapid transformation into the popular two short and three long drawers’ arrangement, the drawers fronts being plain. See pictures of Chippendale, William & Mary walnut 1690, A Queen Anne 1755, Chippendale 1760 below.

 Chippendale 1760     William & Mary 1690     Queen Anne 1755


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