This group of chests has been attributed to Joseph Tilden (1657-1712) due to the descent of a related chest through the Tilden family, now in the Scituate Historical Society (see Robert Blair St. George, The Wrought Covenant: Source Material for the Study of Craftsmen and Community in Southeastern New England, 1620-1700, (Brockton, MA: Brockton Art Center-Fuller Memorial, 1979), p. 40, no. 24). The currently offered lot is carved with the initials MT. Possible candidates for the original owner are Mary Tilden (1668-1740), who married James Thomas (b. 1663) in 1692, or Mercy Tilden (1674–1745), who married Benjamin Stockbridge (1677–1725) in 1701. A miniature six-board chest in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (acc. no. 1981.364) also has the characteristic serrated carving on its lid and related scratch decoration on its façade. For additional information on this group of chests see Brian Cullity, A Cubberd, Four Joyne Stools & Other Smalle Things: The Material Culture of Plymouth Colony (Sandwich, MA: Heritage Plantation, 1994), pp. 113-4, 147-9, nos. 155,156 (note images reversed)
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